Unforgettable 15 days for hurricane relief volunteer

Mike Andrews will always remember a certain two-week stretch in September.

Andrews volunteered and performed his assignments for American Red Cross’s efforts to assist Florida cities as Hurricane Irma hit and its aftermath. The dates he was in Florida doing the relief work were Sept. 6 through Sept. 21.

“It’s a very humbling experience,” summed up Andrews.

Andrews had worked for the American Red Cross’s disaster relief assistance during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, as well.

“Originally, I was going to go to Texas for Hurricane Harvey but, at the last minute, American Red Cross changed its plans and sent me to Florida for Hurricane Irma relief. I went to the American Red Cross’ Orlando office, then assisted the Tampa office with its evacuation, because it is right near Tampa Bay. Remember, Irma kept switching its path. The towns had to notify the American Red Cross when it needed an evacuation and how many people it would need.”

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