Local Red Cross volunteer heads to Wash. to help with mudslide relief

Local Red Cross volunteer heads to Wash. to help with mudslide relief (Image 1)
Local Red Cross volunteer heads to Wash. to help with mudslide relief (Image 1)

A Red Cross volunteer from Middle Tennessee is headed to Washington to help out in the aftermath of a major mudslide.

The devastating mudslide hit near Seattle in Oso, Washington last month killing more than two dozen people.

Bert Copeland is a retired registered nurse and has been a volunteer with the Nashville American Red Cross for the past three years.

“My heart is telling me I got to go,” he told News 2.  

Copeland said his role will be to help hundreds of American Red Cross volunteers who are assisting with relief efforts.

“My job is staff wellness being [both physical and emotional support],” explained Copeland, adding, “For the workers who go on something like this, it is very hard. I mean they are away from their normal meals, their normal housing, their normal everything and sometimes they just got to talk to somebody and I got kind of big shoulders so it works out good.”

Copeland said he has helped out during other natural disasters, including volunteering for five weeks in New York and New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

For more information on how you can volunteer with the American Red Cross, click here.

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