Local Red Cross changes only administrative, board chair says

The Cache County branch of the American Red Cross office has seen changes during the last year but Fred Bergthal, chairman of the Cache County Red Cross Advisory Board, says those changes are only administrative in nature. He said money became a problem when a series of major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina hit, and that meant Cache County had to relinquish its official charter. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show last week, Bergthal said the county is now part of the Northern Utah Red Cross, which has its home base in Ogden. “Functionally we have not noticed any changes,” Bergthal said. “The money that is donated for example here in Cache County has been allocated to uses in Cache County. Volunteers of Cache County are required to respond to Cache County needs.” He said many people witnessed the value of the REd Cross recently when it sheltered more than 20 people displaced by a devastating mudslide on Logan’s Canyon Road. Bergthal said the Red Cross office at 130 S. Main is open from 1 to 5 p.m. five days a week and Anna Arnljots is the director. He said local classes and training are offered in many areas of disaster prevention and volunteers are always needed. For more information about the local Red Cross, you can call 752-1125. The full episode of Bergthal’s appearance on Crosstalk can be heard by

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