If disaster struck in your own back yard, you could be excused for wanting to hunker down, stay put, and put the scattered pieces of your life back together. Sorting her own life out was the last thing on Jules Daigle’s mind. A Red Cross volunteer Disaster Assistance Team leader and IT project manager for IBM, Jules has been volunteering her time and expertise to help her neighbors, while herself living without electricity for 10 days.
Before Sandy even made landfall, Jules worked at a frenetic pace for two days to help set up the Red Cross disaster response headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ. As if that wasn’t enough, she then managed a shelter for families who evacuated in anticipation of the storm. Stuck there when Sandy hit, she rode out the storm in the shelter she was running, and stayed for two days. Finally, she made herself invaluable to the public affairs team, using her photography skills to tell stories about Sandy-affected families and communities, helping the Red Cross to advocate for them.
For all her hard work over the past 12 days, Jules has only one piece of advice. “Volunteer now and do something for your neighbors. Help is needed,” she said.