Sue Currie is a dedicated volunteer who has given many thousands of hours throughout over thirty years of service with the American Red Cross. She serves as both a Disaster Services volunteer and as Volunteer Coordinator for the Louisville Area Chapter’s Southwest Service Center, where she is responsible for recruiting and mentoring volunteers as well as maintaining records of the training, assignments, and experience of all the Disaster and Blood Services volunteers at the Service Center.
As a Disaster Services volunteer, Sue has responded to numerous large and small disasters throughout the Kentucky/Indiana area, starting with the April 1974 tornados and continuing through the most recent severe weather. In addition to doing damage assessment and mass care for large disasters, she performs casework for smaller events such as single family fires.
Seeing a need for enhanced preparedness in the Southwest Louisville area, Sue developed and led a community disaster education program focused on educating mobile home park managers and residents about severe weather. As part of this program, she personally arranged for several community churches and other facilities to provide shelter for nearby mobile home residents during severe weather. This program undoubtedly saved many people when severe weather struck the Autumn Lake mobile home park in southwest Louisville over Memorial Day weekend in 2004.
In addition to her work with the Red Cross, Sue also volunteers with Louisville METRO-REACT Team providing emergency communications for community events, and with the Metro United Way serving as a volunteer telephone operator and receptionist at the United Way’s southwest office.