Lynn Bowen recently was named as executive director for the Bulloch County Chapter of the American Red Cross Disaster Services.
The Bulloch Chapter of the Red Cross provides disaster services for local, regional and national emergencies, responding to 295 local disaster clients in their service area in the 2008 fiscal year at a cost of $42,475.
In addition to her new position with the Red Cross, Bowen also is the owner and chef of Traditions Bakery and Catering in Statesboro. She is a registered nurse, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Kappa Beta Phi, and received a Bachelors of Science and Masters in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. Her past experience includes serving as the case management manager for St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System of Savannah and the case management product manager for Crawford and Company of Atlanta. Bowen also served as a volunteer staff member with Youth Challenge Academy at Ft. Stewart, GA and a disaster volunteer with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Bowen has been a disaster volunteer with the Bulloch Chapter for several years prior to accepting the director’s position. She described the Bulloch chapter as “a chapter with heart. Our chapter has a long-standing history of strong, active, committed volunteers who have proven they will be there when the need arises.”
Red Cross Disaster Services responds to both small and large scale disasters, be it a single family fire to floods, tornadoes or hurricanes.
“The task at hand is to now look forward and build on what we already have in place for more cohesive coverage throughout the counties we serve,” she said.
Bowen said in the coming year the chapter must build its existing resources in order to manage the rapidly changing environmental conditions, increasing numbers of fires and tornadoes, and an active hurricane season.
“The chapter needs monetary donations to assist local disaster victims, increasing numbers of well-trained volunteers, additional equipment, and even stronger networks with our government, civic and corporate partners within our communities,” she said.
The Bulloch Chapter provides extensive training to disaster volunteers, as well as health and safety preparedness courses such as CPR, first aid, water safety, and babysitting.
The Red Cross has a strong coalition as a United Way agency, however the organization receives no government funding and relies solely on voluntary donations to assist local clients when disaster strikes. Those wishing to volunteer their time or monetary donations or who need safety courses may contact the Bulloch Chapter of the American Red Cross at (912)764-4468.