Communications from Chaos
If you ever wanted to save the world but don’t know where or how to start, you understand how Glen and I felt after we sailed around the world. Our voyage was mostly full of exciting adventures, but it also brought insight to some dire, heartbreaking situations; landslides in Venezuela, tsunami in the Indian Ocean, refugees in Djibouti and Sudan along the Red Sea, and finally the home of my parents was flooded with 21 feet of water during Hurricane Katrina. We left our sailboat boat in the Mediterranean Ocean and flew to Bay St Louis on the Gulf Coast to help my parents salvage what they could and forge a new life in the aftermath. Suddenly, we were among the people who needed help instead of sailors in remote areas of the world who dropped in for a few days of good works. Glen and I vowed that when it was our time to pay back, we would volunteer for the American Red Cross, because we had seen that organization doing good works all over the world, as well as America. We discovered that disaster response work is messy, chaotic, and difficult—but we were hooked. It felt great to be vital and useful in a meaningful way. Watch this video produced by Nina Svahn, a gutsy Finnish videographer and Red Cross volunteer who accompanied me into the hardship areas of Nepal to install communications and internet for Red Cross field hospitals, surgical units and clinics. It’s a short video but you can see some of the realities of life on a deployment. Who knows, you may want to do something similar.