|The American Red Cross Greater New York took a brief break from disasters for a BBQ.|
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 57 adults and 36 children following 31 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).
Last Week in Review
- Yesterday morning, our very own Americorps member Anna Kay Ellis became the second Greater NY Red Cross staff member to deploy to the South Pacific island of Saipan to support typhoon relief efforts.
- Among the disasters the Red Cross responded to this weekend were fires in Newburgh, Highland Falls, East Islip and the Bronx. We assisted multiple families with temporary housing, emergency funds and relief supplies.
- Our wonderful partners at the Tzu Chi Foundation shared this video about working together on our home fire preparedness campaign.
- No rest for the weary! While enjoying the Greater NY Red Cross Summer BBQ, Mass Care Manager Alex Resnick learned he was immediately being deployed to the small South Pacific Island of Saipan to assist with typhoon recovery.
- Last Wednesday was National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The Red Cross participated at locations throughout Metro New York North.
- Also on Wednesday night, Senator Jose Serrano hosted an emergency preparedness class with the Red Cross at the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association.
- Earlier in the week we posted photos of children learning the importance of emergency preparedness via our Pillowcase Project event that occurred at the Union Baptist Church in White Plains.
- We also posted the latest Lipica Summer Safety video; this one focused on how to treat a sunburn.
- Earlier in the week, the Greater New York Red Cross joined Instagram! Please follow us (@redcrossny) for the latest Red Cross news and information in the region.
- Aug 10, 13: Red Cross blood drives; 1 to 7pm; 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
- In the coming weeks, Red Cross will continue to canvass neighborhoods to teach fire safety and install free smoke alarms as part of our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. If you are interested in a full-time leadership position to help prevent home fires in New York City, check out the following job listings: Regional Individual and Community Preparedness Manager, Manager, Information & Planning, Lead Specialists for Brooklyn Operations and Bronx Operations.