Susamma Seeley, Director of Emergency Management, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, arrivedin Joplin, MO to provide assistance to Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri in their relief efforts as they serve the growing human need in the aftermath of the tornado.
During this time of disaster relief, Susamma will provide expertise in emergency and disaster management and serve as the Information Officer from June 1, 2011 to June 8, 2011. Susamma, who also serves as the chair of the New York City Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), will visit disaster sites and coordinate with national and local relief agencies in order to expedite direct and effective disaster relief operations.
For the past month, Catholic Charities USA has been coordinating with local Catholic Charities agencies and other disaster first responders to provide relief to disaster victims across the nation, such as the victims of the Alabama tornadoes, and the flood-impacted areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and now the victims in Joplin, Missouri.
On the ground, Susamma has continued to use her vast experience and extensive expertise in the field of emergency preparedness and resiliency to assist in numerous disaster relief efforts. In September 2008, Susamma was dispatched to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav to assist CCUSA’s relief efforts. For several weeks, Susamma was on the ground assessing the damage and identifying unmet needs in the communities that were most affected in Louisiana.