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September 19, 2008

IKE: Warner lends time for hurricane relief

ANDERSON — Galveston, Texas is 1,100 miles from Anderson.

But some local philanthropists are making a difference for survivors of Hurricane Ike.

Bradley Warner of Anderson volunteered with the Red Cross in Texas, first preparing for the storm, then addressing its aftermath. This week, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department arranged some relief for its colleagues in the southwest.

Warner, 46, is a maintenance custodian with Anderson Community Schools. He performed damage assessments as he did for hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Dolly and Gustav and also “mass care,” the supervision of shelters.

“I got involved when Katrina hit, and I saw the disaster of what happened within the dome,” Warner said of the New Orleans Superdome that housed evacuees. “It made me want to step up to the plate.”

It has been a busy hurricane season for Warner. In July, he went to Texas to aid in relief for Hurricane Dolly, and then in August, it was Louisiana for Hurricane Gustav. He returned to Indiana for a matter of only days before being drafted to intervene in Hurricane Ike. In all, Warner said, he has devoted 16 or 17 days of the year to disaster relief.

In Galveston, Warner coordinated evacuations, placing people onto buses for transport to church shelters that housed up to 1,500, though 56 percent of the citizens evacuated.

“(Warner) has volunteered on numerous disasters,” said Kadi Best, program specialist and disaster services human resources administrator for the Greater Indianapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross. “He’s one of our volunteers who has been out there a lot.”

Best said 18 volunteers from the greater Indianapolis chamber volunteered their time in Hurricane Ike relief, including 11 who are still on the job. The response statewide has included more than 300 people. Best said even more volunteers are needed for the relief effort.

Damages to U.S. coastal areas have been estimated at $27 billion, with an additional cost of up to $4 billion in Cuba, according to reports from BBC News.

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