Jerome woman returns home after volunteering in Texas for Harvey Relief

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Diana Ochsner has been working with the American Red Cross out of Idaho for five years, and just returned from one of her toughest deployments to Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Volunteering with the American Red Cross is something that Diana says is in her blood. She finds livelihood in helping those in need.

Most recently she left at the end of August for Sugar Land, Texas, and returned home to Jerome late Monday.

In this deployment, she was the Yard Dog in charge of dispatching emergency vehicles and drivers.

"The first truck came in and had rice and beans that was it. That is what people ate. And you have thought that we were giving them steak and ice cream, because they hadn't had food or water until we came. Sometimes up to two weeks later. So there was a big delay because our trucks couldn't get in,” Diana said.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but Diana said the pictures didn't do the damage justice. Still weeks after the storm hit, bands of people are continuing to be found, having gone without necessities for weeks.

If you want to help, post-disasters monetary donations are best that way goods can be purchased based on direct need. If you’re interested in volunteering nationally or locally, you can contact Diana or look at the American Red Cross website under the ‘Volunteer’ tab.

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