I graduated undergrad from Colorado College and immediately went to work for WJFW, an NBC-affiliate TV station in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. In case you haven’t heard of it, Rhinelander’s a small town in Northern Wisconsin that’s known for its unusual mascot, the Hodag.
When Hurricane Katrina hit, our station did something they’d never done before: They sent two of us to Louisiana with a group of Wisconsin volunteers to cover the aftermath of the storm and highlight how local people were helping out. It was less than a week since Katrina had hit, and I toured a Red Cross warehouse that was storing food and other donations. I met Red Cross volunteers who were driving a mobile food truck around areas where not a single house was standing. I worked with a team of volunteers to cut down trees that had fallen in streets and in front yards. I ate dinners with local families who had no running water and no electricity, but were so thankful to have help that they found a way to feed us. It was much more than just a reporter’s assignment - it was a week of finding, telling and being a part of stories about the amazing resilience of the human spirit. And that was when I decided I’d become a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
I’m a Colorado native and I now work in PR and communications in Denver. I love all things Colorado, unsweetened black tea, chocolate labs, California Golden Bears football (Go Bears!), and freshly baked cookies. And nothing pleases me more than starting a brand new book.
You’ll see my posts on this blog a couple times a month. I’ll be writing mainly about preparedness – what emergencies or disasters you should prepare for and how you can prepare. If you’ve got blog post ideas, let me know. You can find me on Twitter, @daynalynndavis.