Disaster Work Can be Lonely

July 11, 2018

Story by David Owens

Often, disaster relief work is hectic and crowded, but sometimes there are long, lonely, dusty periods.

Photo courtesy of David Owens/Red Cross

Volunteer Steve Harris of the Alamosa Red Cross keeps this supply distribution point open, giving shovels, sifters and other relief supplies to residents as they trickle back into their neighborhoods. As several hours can pass between people returning to their homes, he enjoys a good book and a spot of shade.