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Morrisonville native named Red Cross emergency services coordinator

PLATTSBURGH - The North Country chapter of the American Red Cross has appointed a new emergency services coordinator.

Morrisonville native and resident George J. Christon II took on the position on a part-time basis July 14. His primary duty is to coordinate the administration of volunteers who provide support for the chapte's Disaster Services, Service to Armed Forces and Utility Assistance programs.

Christon is no stranger to the Red Cross. He has served as a volunteer for four years with the local chapter and as a member of the chapter's Disaster Assistance Team.

Christon said he sought the job when he heard the position was open because he wanted to become more involved with the Red Cross.

"I found volunteering was a great way to get involved with the community," said Christon. "It's a good feeling."

The good feeling he got from his involvement with the Red Cross is what ultimately led him to pursue the position of emergency services coordinator, he said.

Jeanie C. Roberts, executive director of the local chapter, said Christon has an important role overseeing approximately 500 volunteers in the nearly 3,500 square miles that encompass the chapter.

"George will be responsible for supporting the volunteers and keeping them involved," said Roberts. "When people contact the office asking how they can get involved in disaster assistance, George will see that they receive the necessary training to become member of the D.A.T. team."

In his new position, Christon is also responsible for making sure volunteers being deployed to national disaster relief efforts meet the necessary requirements, including background checks and security clearance. Christon also meets with families who experience some sort of fire and is currently reviewing the chapter's disaster plan and its individual component, which are considered very important to have up-to-date in the event of an emergency.

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