This was the first time I had ever responded to a chemical emergency. I was excited to meet the residents and interact with them to learn about their daily lives and the problems they face. I met 7 residents on Friday and interviewed them to get the information about the flare incident. Some residents knew about the work of the Bucket Brigade and were willing to share about the incident. I explained to them that by reporting this information, their collective voices could be heard by the government and oil companies. I believe that volunteering at the Bucket Brigade can make a difference. I will help people as much as I can while I am studying in the US.
Wish you all a Happy Holiday!
--by Theingi Soe, Rapid Response Team member