A-State professor heads to South Carolina for disaster relief

A-State professor heads to South Carolina for disaster relief

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Devastating floods in the Carolinas caused many families to evacuate their homes and relief efforts to begin.

The American Red Cross is sending volunteers, including a man from Region 8 who specializes in psychological first aid.

Brad Holloway left the American Red Cross office in Jonesboro Tuesday morning to head to South Carolina.

He is a mental health responder and board member for the American Red Cross, along with being an assistant professor of disaster preparedness for Arkansas State University.

Holloway has been a mental health responder since Sept. 11, 2001.

He will travel to Columbia, and depending on the conditions, he hopes to go to Florence and other nearby cities.

Mental health responders visit with families and individuals to help them cope with what they have experienced.

He will meet with people who have left their homes and may not know what is left.

"Maybe there is sheltering, and there are some services that are provided there," Holloway said. "They are anxious to get back and see when the waters do recede, and they get back in there there's a lot of work to be done."

More than anything, Holloway said in situations like this, people just want to tell their story and know someone cares.

Holloway said it is amazing what beauty is seen in a disaster such as this.

"It's always encouraging to see how people pull together, especially in helping each other and all of the people that are there for sincerely wanting to help other people, and that's always refreshing," Holloway said.

Holloway will supervise other mental health responders from all over the country and will be there for at least 2 weeks.

He commended Arkansas State University for being flexible and allowing him to take the time to help others in need.

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