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24 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 CAPE LIFE Red Cross volunteers go to the wall to help Cape Region By Michael Short American Red Cross volunteers have routinely put in 12- to 14- hour days during the last few weeks as they have visited resi- dents suffering from the recent nor'easters. During the last few weeks, scores of volunteers have visited homes, assessed damage and be- gun efforts to rebuild. "We're still here," said Mark Tinsman, man- ager of emergency services for the American Red Cross in Delaware. Tinsman wants people to know that even though the sun has come out and the waters have receded, the Red Cross is still available for people who need help. During the last few weeks, vol- unteers assessed 851 homes that were damaged. Of those, 90 per- cent or more were primary resi- dences. Some 100 to 120 of those homes suffered major damage and three or four were utterly de- stroyed. He said that volunteers talked with 300 families and opened up 72 cases. That means the Red Cross is working with 72 families, providing assistance to help them get back on their feet. Tinsman said many residents chose to apply to the Small Busi- ness Administration (SBA) or seek help elsewhere. But he wants residents to know they can still apply to the Red Cross if they are not eligible for low-interest loans from the SBA. The Red Cross can be contacted at 800-777-6620. "We are not the light at the end of the tunnel," said volunteer Gin- ny Succarotte. "We are just the door that opens so we can see that light." Volunteers, who made 85 home visits in the last few weeks, told stories of communities binding to- gether to help one another. There was the elderly person in Long Neck with a foot of standing water in her home, whose neighbors scrubbed the house from the front door to the back door. was the Oak Orchard family stranded by high water who were brought groceries in boats by their friends and neigh- bors. Volunteers praised the commu- nity, saying friends and neighbors helped greatly. Americorps work- ers assisted for 10 days and more than 100 volunteers joined Suc- carotte, volunteers like Kay Carter, 73, who has been volun- teering for the last decade. Nan Tannenbaum, a mental health worker, was preparing to help tornado victims in Florida. "'I get more than I give," according to Tannenbaum. 'q'he rewards are way beyond what you give." Geetha Nandakumar spent four weeks working in Guam and re- turned just in time to help Cape Region residents recover from a series of nor'easters. Succarotte laughingly says the volunteers must be a little crazy. "How many people say I'm will- ing to do this for 14-hours-a-day, for as long as it takes and for no pay?" Nandakumar said the Red Cross needs more volunteers to help deal with the next crisis, when it strikes. A series of courses are be- ing offered for the public and she hopes that people will take part. "Introduction to Disaster Ser- vices" courses will be offered on March l 1, April 14, April 16, May Continued on page 25 Red Cross volunteers have gone door-to-door following recent nor'easters in an effort to help residents. A few of those volunteers are (l-r) Mary Frances Gott, Doris McClellan, Nan Tannenbaum, Edith Tinsman, Kay Carter, Ginny Succarotte and Geetha Nandakumar. Diver donation Department heads at C.P. Diver, Inc., pooled depart- ment resources to assist the American Red Cross with its fund-raising effort to aid vic- tims of recent storms. Ac- cording to Marguerite Prueitt, American Red Cross executive director, the orga- nization estimates it will need approximately $100,000 to cover expenses in the re- Hef project; it currently has $30,000 pledged or collected. CP. Diver department heads collected $3,000 from the fol- lowing departments: parts, sales, service, new car, used car and the body shop. "One of our biggest dilemmas is " helping people who are too proud to accept it," said Prueitt, "but this is not chari- ty. This is the community." Cliff Diver, president of the company, noted that he does not perceive the funds his company donated as busi- ness-generated. "The money came from the community first," said Diver. Shown are (l-r) Diver, Prueitt and Neal Boyle, chairman of the Sus- sex Leadership Council. Crawford made a living being chased in the k Give me your tired, your hun- gry, your thirsty, E1 Nifio, Moni- ca, the whole works. Anything, but for God's sake don't cut off my electricity. I'm not a person whom you could characterize as having a pioneer spirit. Being without power is for peo- ple like Martha Stewart, who can turn a blackout into a lesson on cooking beef jerky over a gas fire- place for I00 guests and leading them in a sing-along of "Back In the Saddle Again." No, I'm a person with a basic metabolic rate of 2. My whole philosophy of life is espoused in an ancient eastern religion that pursues the argument that either the television set is on or off. When the television screen goes black, which is the only indication that something icwrong in my life, it takes me about 10 seconds to go into a complete paralysis. AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz No thought enters my head, noth- ing moves in my body and my lips swell up so that I can barely get out the word "Mama!" Fortunate- ly this is how I normally function when I show up for work at the newspaper, so it's not an unfamil- iar feeling. Now for women, when the elec- tricity goes off, it always happens at night and always when you are home alone. And if there is one scientific principle of electricity you can count on, it is that you will be in your underwear or tak- ing a hot shower, like the one Janet Leigh took in the movie "Psycho." Yes, I made the mistake last week, when the power went out, of not turning my house into a gathering of neighbors, roasting hot dogs, telling ghost stories and holding hands, while we belted a chorus of "Kumbaya." Instead, by lighting every can- dle I came across and placing them into little groupings, the liv- ing room took on the effect of a temple for a human sacrifice, complete with a coffee table altar and hair-raising shadows of 'q'he Incredible Hulk." Yes, darkness adds pounds to your figure. All of this is in keeping with my theory that whenever something doesn't work, you should add to it by scar- ing yourself witless. As a first line of defense, when the electricity goes off, you should always notify your power compa- ny, where you will find comfort by talking to a recorded message. There is a perfectly good reason for this. The operators manning the phones are some of the most intelligent people not on a diet. Therefore, they've already donned gas masks and headed for underground bunkers in prepara- tion for a full-scale scud missile attack. Usually, you will hear the fol- lowing: "If you are a crybaby sissy afraid of the dark, press 1. If you are a crybaby sissy afraid of the dark and using a rotary lhone, press 2. If you are a liar, crybaby sissy and we know you are because you pressed 2 and there are no rotary phones in North America, hang up now and go down to the fruit cel- lar." Clearly, there are things you can do without electricity, after all Joan Crawford made a living out of being chased up and down darkened staircases by Jack Palance. You could follow her example and read a book by candlelight, while you wait for shots to ring out, followed by footsteps and a pounding at the door. Of course, you would have to wear one of those stupid bedjackets she al- ways had on at the time. I prefer to just sit in the dark and listen to my blood circulale through one chamber and out the other.