Deep Bonds and Relationships

The adventure continues… Tuesday evening I arrived in Fayetteville, NC. During my last flight, I was on a very small plane, throughout the flight I had a long conversation with an elderly lady sitting next to me. She shared that she was coming back home for the first time since Hurricane Matthew. As we were […]

Ready, set, go! Stand down…GO!

Sunday night at 8:09pm I received a text from one of my local teammates and all it said was “Deploying!! Can you go?” To be honest, my first thoughts were “I’m not able to go…” I sat there trying to wrap my head around my hesitations… You see, last week there was a possibility that I would be […]

Deployment Alert: Hurricane Matthew

We have a Certified Child Life Specialist and child life student deploying with our partner, Children’s Disaster Services, to Fayetteville, NC to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  This particular disaster has been extra complicated to get services into for many reasons, so we are excited to start serving!  The team will be working in a […]

Critical Response Training

We were excited to be a part of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) Critical Response Training this past week in Maryland.   This two day training focused on specialized deployments including acts of terrorism, man-made disasters, and aviation/transportation disasters.  We heard from the American Red Cross, FEMA, NTSB as well as others.  Katie Nees (child life […]

Hurricane Matthew Deployment Update

Our partner, Children’s Disaster Services is still on stand-by with the Red Cross for potential deployment.  Thank you to the CDS team that was ready and prepared to deploy already!  They have not been sent out yet at this point.  As of right now, the needs are continually being assessed along with the changing status […]

Can You Respond?

There is potential for a significant need to help children affected by Hurricane Matthew.  If you are certified with our partner, Children’s Disaster Services, please consider your availability to deploy and email the CDS office with that information: NOTE: If you recently trained in Tampa, FL or Kalamazoo, MI, send in your paperwork and your availability. […]

A Great Training in Kalamazoo!

The Children’s Disaster Services Training in Kalamazoo, Michigan last weekend was a terrific mix of child life specialists, teachers, social workers, emergency management employees, and others with a wide variety of backgrounds and a common love for kids.  Take a look at these faces- you might see them on a future deployment!