Helen Moore - Early Years


American Red Cross/Civilian Defense



After the entry of the United States into World War II in December 1941, the Galveston County chapter of the American Red Cross organized an auxiliary unit in Texas City under Helen's chairmanship. She was also elected Chief of Women's Activities for the Texas City Civilian Defense Unit. In these capacities, Helen helped organize classes to train volunteers and to carry out civil defense efforts.

Texas City Auxilliary Unit, American Red Cross Co-chairmen Helen Moore (far left) and Mrs. Carl Nessler (Eda Burtis) (far right) with Red Cross volunteers 1942
 
Texas City Auxilliary Unit,
American Red Cross
Co-chairmen Helen Moore (far left) and Mrs. Carl Nessler (Eda Burtis) (far right) with Red Cross volunteers
1942
 

The Red Cross classes included first aid, accident prevention, and surgical dressing. Nurse's aid training was available for those who had graduated from high school. Courses in canteen management and nutrition were also offered. Another division, called Home Services, focused on helping servicemen and their families.

Civilian Defense teams were formed to respond in case of attack. They were composed of drivers, air wardens, telephone workers, and first aid and rescue workers. Texas City was divided into zones and practice demonstrations were held to keep the volunteers alert and trained in the event of an emergency.

Hugh's increasingly poor health necessitated Helen's resignation from both of these offices in 1943, although she kept up a vigorous correspondence with her successors from the Moore cabin in New Mexico.


Certificate American Red Cross Galveston County Chapter January 2, 1946

Certificate
American Red Cross
Galveston County Chapter
January 2, 1946
Volunteer Booklet  Office of Civilian Defense Washington, D.C. No Date
Volunteer Booklet
Office of Civilian Defense
Washington, D. C.
No Date
Blackout Regulations Notice Texas City Civilian Defense No Date
Blackout Regulations Notice
Texas City Civilian Defense
No Date
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