College Student Helped Shelter Dorian Evacuees
Jake Judd | Sep 11, 2019 AT 2:01 pm
(KNSI) - A St. Cloud State University Graduate student is back home after helping to keep people safe from Hurricane Dorian.
Chris Grieve is a Red Cross Volunteer and was in charge of a shelter at a high school in North Charleston, South Carolina, about 15 miles off the coast. The storm hit last Wednesday.
"I ended up having a population of a little over 300 in the shelter. We rode out the hurricane at the high school, and by the time the weather cleared on Friday, we closed down."
Grieve has been on eight disaster deployments, but this was the first time he had to ride out a hurricane. In other deployments, he was helping after a disaster has passed.
The 41-year-old business major from Alexandria says it could have been a lot worse.
"They missed a direct hit, but there was wind and flooding. It was concerning, there were trees down on the property, but we were in a very safe location. They missed the worst of it because the eye was offshore."
He was one of eleven people from Central Minnesota who went to help with hurricane relief.
Grieve says he started volunteering with the Red Cross because he feels it's important to give back and knows what it's like to lose everything.
In 1997, Chris lost his home in Grand Forks when the Red River flooded.
He started volunteering after the September 11th terrorist attacks because he wanted to do something to help during the national emergency.
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