Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In Case You Missed It - Oct 16

Honoring the heroes among us at the American Red Cross Gala. (Photo: Up Studios Photography)
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 41 adults and 14 children following 31 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • Oct 22, 23, 24, 25: Red Cross blood drives will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Greater NY Red Cross building located at 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • Nov 5: Cheer on Amanda, Anastasia and Team Red Cross as they run the TCS NYC Marathon to benefit the Red Cross. 
  • Oct 19, Dec 13: The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will be in Long Island in Mastic Beach on Oct 19 and Brentwood in Dec 13 installing free smoke alarms from 10 am to 1 pm. For an appointment, please call 516-229-1086 or visit redcross.org/lifiresafety.

NYC Support for Residents Affected by Recent Hurricanes



As a way to provide additional support to the people of Puerto Rico coping with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the American Red Cross in Greater New York has been stationed at JFK’s JetBlue Terminal 5 since October 11, 2017 helping families and individuals arriving from the island.

This assistance has come in the form of health and mental-health support; distribution of “comfort kits” (which include toiletries and other basic hygiene items), and additional information and referrals regarding City and community resources available to Puerto Ricans arriving in NYC. In their first week providing these services, the Red Cross met with more than 1200 individuals.

The Red Cross will be available at JetBlue Terminal 5 through October 18, after which their assistance will shift to a service center (run by New York City) at 1680 Lexington Ave. The goal of the service center is to further provide support and resources for recent arrivals to NYC affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and of course Maria.

For more information about the service center, including how to sign up for an appointment, click here.

For more information about the American Red Cross response to Hurricane Maria, click here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In Case You Missed It - Oct 9

"Kicking off another intense day in Las Vegas where trained Red Crossers are providing support in a Family Assistance Center, hospitals, vigils, and in homes where survivors are too traumatized to leave their homes.” -Josh Lockwood
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 80 adults and 20 children following 44 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities 
  • Oct 9, 11, 12, 13: Red Cross blood drives will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Greater NY Red Cross building located at 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • Oct 11: The American Red Cross Gala will recognize civic leaders and local heroes at the Museum of Natural History. 
  • Nov 5: Cheer on Amanda and Team Red Cross as they run the TCS NYC Marathon to benefit disaster relief.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

In Case You Missed It - Sep 25

"Thanking & goodbye to our 30 FDNY heroes who are deploying to Puerto Rico for 3 weeks to help with the recovery efforts." -Ydanis Rodriguez

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 110 adults and 24 children following 46 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • Sep 29; Oct 2, 3, 5, 6: Red Cross blood drives will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Greater NY Red Cross building located at 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • Oct 11: The American Red Cross Gala will recognize civic leaders and local heroes at the Museum of Natural History. 
  • Nov 5: Cheer on Amanda and Team Red Cross as they run the TCS NYC Marathon.

Monday, September 18, 2017

In Case You Missed It - Sep 18

"Visited with Red Cross volunteers in Immokalee who are doing critical work helping people in their community." -@marcorubio
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 65 adults and 17 children following 30 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
  • Sep 19, 20, 21, 22: Red Cross blood drives will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Greater NY Red Cross building located at 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today. 
  • Oct 11: The American Red Cross Gala will recognize civic leaders and local heroes at the Museum of Natural History. 
  • Nov 5: Cheer on Amanda and Team Red Cross as they run the TCS NYC Marathon.

Monday, September 11, 2017

In Case You Missed It - Sep 11

FDNY DART members and Red Crossers on the ground in Austin, Texas for Harvey Relief.
Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review




Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Monday, August 28, 2017

Volunteer today to Help the Red Cross to Sound the Alarm this Fall!





by Stan Frank

This fall, the American Red Cross will initiate the most ambitious national Home Fire Campaign ever held! Called "Sound the Alarm", the event will be held from September 23 to October 15, 2017 when the Red Cross will install, free of charge, more than 100,000 smoke alarms – including our 1 millionth alarm – in high-risk neighborhoods throughout the country.

In addition to alarm installation, Red Cross volunteers will join with local fire departments and other partners to replace batteries in existing alarms, and provide families with fire prevention and safety education. Working smoke alarms in a home are known to cut the risk of death by half and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival.

In the Greater New York Region, Joe Spaccarelli, Program Director, and his Home Fire Preparedness Team including Jane Hwang and Ailid Ramos, are organizing volunteer recruitment for high risk neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Mount Vernon, Hempstead and Brentwood. Getting involved is easy: If you are an existing volunteer, visit Volunteer Connection and look for home fire campaign or sound the alarm opportunities in your chapter. If you are new to volunteering with the Red Cross, visit SoundtheAlarm.org and type in your zip code to find the event closest to you.

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available with the Sound the Alarm campaign:
  • Volunteer Canvasser: Canvas neighborhoods to obtain requests for the installation of free smoke alarms
  • Volunteer Smoke Alarm Installer: Install smoke alarms and replace batteries as needed in homes and apartments
  • Volunteer Safety Educator: Deliver fire prevention information in high-risk neighborhoods and assist residents in completing home fire escape plans
  • Volunteer Documenter: Document resident information and the services provided
  • Volunteer Driver: Serve as a driver and transport volunteer teams to installation sites
  • Volunteer Logistics: Maintain program inventory; pick, pack and transport equipment, supplies and team members to installation sites
  • Volunteer Mass Care: Obtain and serve meals at events; setup and cleanup before and after events; coordinate with Logistics and monitor the inventory of mass care supplies and equipment, as needed
  • Volunteer Information Management: Using our web-based online system, keep track of the progress of our installation teams during events
  • Volunteer Call Center: Retrieve voicemails and resident requests for education and installation of smoke alarms; call residents to confirm or reschedule fire appointments
  • Volunteer Data Entry: Using Excel, enter data into online forms; ensure that clients receive timely installation appointments; track, analyze and report data accurately 
  • Volunteer Mapping/Planning Appointments: Using online Geographic Information System (GIS), help plan the routes and map the confirmed appointments that field teams use to navigate through the five boroughs
  • Volunteer Training: Provide on-site training for Home Fire Educators, Documenters and/or Installers
  • Volunteer Staffing: Using phone calls and emails in the days leading up to events, ensure each event is staffed with an adequate number of volunteers
Join us this fall to Sound the Alarm and save lives from home fires.

Visit SoundTheAlarm.org or Volunteer Connection (existing Red Cross volunteers) to learn more and sign up today!


Red Cross summer interns helped install smoke alarms and provide fire safety education this summer in Sheepshead Bay, NY.


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