State volunteer relief veteran tapped to help post-tsunami
A bit of good humanitarian news from state government, as this committee week of budget deficit gloom and doom comes to a close:
Alex Amparo, emergency management director for the state's volunteer and community service arm, Volunteer Florida, is headed to American Samoa to help with relief efforts following the Sept. 29 tsunami there that resulted in devastating 15-to 20-foot waves. He was tapped by FEMA and will be there for at least two weeks. Amparo previously has helped with relief for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and Louisiana.
"As our thoughts and prayers go out to the survivors in American Samoa, we are honored that Alex has been tapped to support recovery efforts there,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Interim Director Ruben D. Almaguer. “Once again we see that disasters truly have no borders and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team always stands ready to answer the call to service when there are people in need.”