Baton Rouge Red Cross aids disaster in Alabama

Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 1:44am

Tuscaloosa, Alabama was one of the hardest hit spots in this weeks' outbreak of deadly weather. It's also where the Red Cross's Neal Hardin was born and where his mother still lives.

His family is safe, but every other part of the city he remembers growing up is gone.

Despite all the work and cleanup there is to do in his hometown, Hardin is still here in Baton Rouge. He's dispatching volunteers to Tuscaloosa and other hard-hit parts of the Southeast.

The Baton Rouge chapter of the Red Cross is in the middle of hurricane planning for the upcoming season. And Hardin's using all the work here to get his mind off the devastation at home; however he says his mind is never far from what’s happening in Alabama.

From where he sits, he can see all the help heading home; he says that eases the pain and anxiety from what's happening in the town he knows so well.

Despite all the damage from the storms, Hardin knows everything will be okay, and he says this disaster left a strong family bond even stronger.

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