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News Emergency Coordinator Helps with Hurricane Florence Recovery

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After Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, Lauryn Enos, emergency management coordinator at Samaritan Albany General Hospital, was ready to help.

Enos was quickly deployed to help staff a shelter in North Carolina, but after just a few hours at the site, the shelter manager learned of Enos’ experience and asked her to serve in a leadership role at the disaster headquarters.

Enos stepped-up and was the staffing lead for the entire relief operation. Enos supported 14 shelters in the state ensuring they had the staffing, supplies, water and food that they needed. She worked alongside 200 individuals and managed more than 2,000 volunteers.

“It was amazing to have a direct impact on those who have been affected by the hurricane,” said Enos. “Even two to three weeks after the hurricane, you could still see flood lines on the freeway and debris left behind. There is still a lot of recovery left.”

Executive Director of the American Red Cross – Southwest Oregon Chapter, Carisa Hettich, noted that Enos worked long hours, and even came in on her day off to open a new shelter.

Enos said that her time serving hurricane survivors was one of the most rewarding things she has ever done and allowed her to look at emergency operations in a new light.

American Red Cross commended Samaritan Health Services for supporting the deployment of Enos and three emergency management staff during Hurricane Matthews two years ago.