Update on Operation: Silversides

Update on Operation: Silversides
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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Roughly 20 members from TR descended on Western Michigan over the weekend and began tackling damage assessments in Muskegon County following severe storms and straight line winds. Soon after, Region 5 unleashed chainsaw strike teams to assist with removing downed trees from homeowners’ property.

Manistee firefighter Fred LaPorte and Region 5 member Cassandra Hernandez take care of some heavy lifting in Muskegon.
Manistee firefighter Fred LaPorte and volunteer Cassandra Hernandez take care of some heavy lifting in Muskegon.

Residents near Muskegon who’d like to request assistance can call (123) 456-7890 or stop by the FOB at the Home Depot parking lot at 2699 Henry St. Operation: Silversides is also expanding its AO to include Newaygo, MI, where roughly 400 homes were affected by flood waters. Volunteers who are able to lend some muscle are encouraged to register their availability through OrgAction.

Chainsaw strike team discusses strategy before manhandling this downed tree.
Chainsaw strike team discusses strategy before manhandling this downed tree.

Morale and OPTEMPO are high thanks to generous local businesses like Meijer who’ve donated meals to keep our team fueled in the field. If you’d like to support our crew, consider making a donation and help give us another opportunity to serve.