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Local Red Cross chapter welcomes familiar face to new role

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brandy Box waves to the crowd during Monday night's Downtown Dyersburg Christmas Parade. Monday was Box's first official day as the new director of disaster services for the Northwest Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The Northwest Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross has a new director of disaster services: Brandy Box, who began her new role on Monday, Nov. 26. Box, wife of current Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, said it was at her husband's encouragement that she applied for the position. Box will be responsible for coordinating disaster services in six counties: Dyer, Weakley, Obion, Lake, Lauderdale and Crockett.

Box fills the void left behind by James 'Bubba' Cobb, who served in the role for just over a year, but is now looking forward to enjoying his retirement days a little more. She will have big shoes to fill as Cobb brought a wealth of experience with him after he served with the Tennessee National Guard for 43 years. It's a challenge Box seems ready to tackle as she brings her own wealth of experience to the table.

"I believe I can help make our community a stronger and more prepared place if a disaster strikes," said Box.

Box's background includes logistical experience coordinating a variety of fundraisers and events. In addition, she has worked in transportation over the last 15 years for both the state and private sectors and believes the skills she acquired in those roles will help her in her new job. Box also has completed medical certifications or courses in the following areas:

* Emergency Medical Technician I and II

* First Responder

* Occupational Therapy Aide


* Community Emergency Response Trainer

The nature of the role is a demanding one, as disasters can strike at any hour, but Box says that when your husband is the sheriff and you have three kids including two teenagers, chaos is part of your everyday life.

"I am compassionate and caring for other people's needs and love people," said Box. "I really believe that God never puts more on you than you can handle."

Box says that she is looking forward to working out in the public and with local officials and volunteers. She already has a plan to utilize resources that are in place to promote the Red Cross through neighborhood watch programs and other events.

"I strive to help whenever needed and to recruit other people to help as well," said Box. "I look forward to helping victims of disasters in what could possibly be their most difficult times."

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