Prince William County volunteer John Mead has been helping the American Red Cross prepare for, respond to and recover from many types of disasters over the past three years. John started on the on the Disaster Action Team (DAT) in the National Capital and Richmond regions. Now he is providing comfort and care to people affected by emergencies across the country. Recently, John volunteered with a virtual disaster deployment providing people with tools and resources they need after a disaster. Now he is serving in Austin, TX to help the Red Cross meet immediate disaster-caused or disaster-aggravated needs. For a few weeks, John will be providing on-site aid to the thousands of families facing the devastating aftermath following flooding, tornadoes and severe weather. He joins other Red Cross volunteers providing shelters throughout the state and helping residents cope with the emotion toll.
John was first interested in the Red Cross because he liked how the organization brings together everyday people to take action and provide one-on-one assistance to those in need. When he is not volunteering with the DAT, John enjoys supporting the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) team and with special events. His goal as a volunteer is simple: “I’m just an normal guy who wants to help people in need and the Red Cross is a great place for me to do that.”