WINDHAM — A Red Cross volunteer from Windham is in Missouri, playing a supporting role in tornado relief.

Alan Daigneault, 70, a retired engineer, traveled to Missouri this week.

"This means a lot," Daigneault said. "I can put a lot of years of training to work."

He previously has volunteered to help flooding and hurricane victims in other states.

This is the first time he's worked in the unsung, but still important, role of staff services.

"I'm serving the people who go out there," Daigneault said. "I'm helping other volunteers with living expenses, transportation, where to stay and where to go."

He's dealing with a lot of paperwork and computer processing.

"We need to make their lives as easy as possible," Daigneault said.

Making the lives of others easier in a time of crisis is what drew Daigneault to the Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"After Katrina, I felt a need to help people in disasters," Daigneault said. "I've been taking courses ever since."

Daigneault expects to be in the Joplin area for up to three weeks.

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