Monday, April 16, 2018

In Case You Missed It - April 16

On Saturday, our Red Cross volunteers got busy getting ready and training for our spring "Sound The Alarm, Save a Life" campaign.

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 93 adults and 42 children following 46 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).

Last Week in Review
  • As seen on Bronx News 12, residents across the Bronx got a lesson in preparedness during Bronx Preparedness Weekend. The Red Cross teamed up with the FDNY and the New York City Emergency Management Department to help share lifesaving tips on how to prevent fires and other emergencies. 
  • Shining the spotlight on one of our many rock star volunteers: meet Zoe Anderson! Zoe oversees all of the logistical activities for all five boroughs in New York City, and took some time to share her experience with us.
  • With our spring campaign to #EndHomeFires coming up, on Saturday we hosted training events to help volunteers get ready to Sound the Alarm. We also had volunteers, this past Friday, out and about in Coney Island helping to recruit volunteers for smoke alarm installations.
  • Many people have hopped on board to join us in our mission to help #EndHomeFires and install free smoke alarms. Last week we featured a few of these partners: Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
  • On Thursday, the Red Cross partnered with LIU to host “Building a Resilient Long Island: Preparedness and Partnerships” where we discussed preparing our communities for emergencies. 
  • On Tuesday, we announced one of the honorees for this year’s Red and White Ball – Major Mary Jennings Hegar who will be receiving the Exceptional Service Award. Hegar served three tours in Afghanistan and wrote the bestselling book, Shoot Like a Girl
  • On Monday we welcomed Christine Malafi, to the Board of Directions of the American Red Cross Long Island. Congratulations Christine!
  • Red Cross responders were on the scene of a fire in White Plains early Saturday morning to provide comfort and care for 70 evacuated residents. Responders also helped displaced residents after a home fire in Thornwood on Monday. 
  • Last week, Long Island Press honoredthe region’s most influential business, nonprofit and political leaders. Among their “Power List” members was our LI red Cross CEO, Neela Lockel.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities 
  •  If you’re a mission-focused undergraduate or graduate college student seeking a meaningful internship experience, then apply to our Red Cross Program—a rare opportunity to explore and enrich your future career prospects while serving others. Apply here: http://bit.ly/2x9lnqV
  • April 16, 20, 23: 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.
  • April 19-22: The Red Cross is holding their third annual Disaster Ready Summit, a multiple day training event for anyone who wants to learn how to help the American Red Cross respond to disasters in their community. Sign up here
  • April 27: Prior to the Red and White Ball, we will be holding a panel discussion with hero honorees Taylor Winston and Shiva Ghaed who were both in attendance at the tragic Las Vegas mass shooting that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on October 1st. Both have been instrumental in the rescue and recovery of the concertgoers as they put their lives back together after the traumatic event. Stay tuned for more details.
  • April 28: The Red and White Ball is the primary source for funding for the American Red Cross New York. The Ball will feature live and silent auctions; wine and food; and music and dancing. Please join us for this black tie event
  • May 17: The American Red Cross Young Patrons are hosting an “Evening Under the Stars,” a summer rooftop networking soiree. You can find out more and buy tickets here
  • April 28, May 6, 12: Major “Sound the Alarm” fire safety smoke alarm installation events are coming to the Bronx on April 28 and in Brooklyn on May 6 and 12 and we need your help to install free smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods and to educate families on preparing for fires. Sign up by calling 877-733-2767 or by visiting www.soundthealarm.org/nyc
  •  May 1: The Red Cross is holding a panel discussion between experts in humanitarian and global affairs about the many “silent” disasters that occur and the humanitarian implications of their lack of visibility. RSVP for the free panel here

Friday, April 13, 2018

Volunteer Profile: How Zoe Anderson will help to Sound the Alarm this Spring with Red Cross


by Stan Frank

This Spring, the American Red Cross will initiate the most ambitious national Home Fire Campaign ever held. Called Sound the Alarm. Save a Life., the event will take place between April 28 and May 13, 2018. During this time, the Red Cross volunteers and partners will install, free of charge, more than 100,000 smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods throughout the country.

There are so many ways to get involved. From going door to door to canvass neighborhoods to serving as a logistics volunteer to working with our information management team, there is a position available for whatever interests you.

We recently surveyed a number of Red Cross volunteers and here’s what Zoe Anderson said about her past volunteer experiences:


Zoe Anderson, logistics volunteer with the home fire campaign
What motivated you initially to become a Red Cross volunteer with the Home Fire Campaign?

I was motivated by my sister, Hortensia ("Rok")Anderson. She has been a volunteer since 2014 when the [Home Fire] campaign started. Often when she would come in from her shift, she would tell me how her day went and it sounded intriguing, and I wanted to learn more about how the Red Cross installs smoke detectors for free in homes.

What kind of volunteering have you done with the Home Fire Campaign?

After having a sneak peak of what my sister did on a regular shift, I decided to go all in. I signed up with the Red Cross, joined the Home Fire Campaign, and began training in how to educate clients, install smoke detectors, and document vital information about the clients and their family members. I continued on to become the Home Fire Campaign Coordinator for the Bronx, where I coordinated all of the programs and activities in the borough. Currently, I am the Home Fire Campaign’s Logistics Lead for New York City, where I oversee all of the logistical activities for all five boroughs.

Can you give an example of a satisfying experience you had while volunteering with the Home Fire Campaign?

My first major event was most satisfying when I saw the lengths to which the Red Cross goes to help people in need.

What would you say to someone thinking of volunteering with the Home Fire Campaign?

I would tell them to do it! It’s an important venture that the Red Cross and the Fire Departments across the country have developed to help prevent home fire related deaths by 25% or more. You will definitely meet and enjoy working with people from a diverse and caring community.

Thanks Zoe for sharing your experience with us!

Join us this fall to Sound the Alarm and help #EndHomeFires

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New York Elected Officials "Sound the Alarm" to #EndHomeFires



From April 28 to May 13, American Red Cross volunteers across the country will be installing 100,000+ free smoke alarms to advance the life-saving home fire campaign, "Sound the Alarm. Save a Life." In addition to installing smoke alarms in vulnerable communities, volunteers will provide residents with tips and information on fire safety and prevention.

Since 2014, the home fire campaign has made thousands of New York homes safer, and this past year the FDNY reported the lowest amount of fire deaths in the past 100 years, citing the Red Cross installations as a main driver.

In Greater New York, we have partnered with 45 elected officials (see full list at bottom) to help us "Sound the Alarm" to #EndHomeFires. Here are more than a dozen recorded Public Service Announcements you can check out below:

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Clark represents New York's 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.



Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
Jeffries represents New York's 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.



Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams



Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.

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Spanish:



Westchester County Executive George Latimer



Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson
Gibson serves as New York City Council member representing the 16th District.



Councilman Ritchie J. Torres 
Torres serves as New York City Council member representing the 15th District.



Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz 
Dinowitz represents the 81st District in the New York State Assembly.



Senator Gustavo Rivera 
Rivera is a New York State Senator from the 33rd District.



Councilman Mathieu Eugene
Eugene serves as New York City Council member representing the 40th District.



Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte
Bichotte represents the 42nd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly.



Senator Jesse Hamilton 
Hamilton is a New York State Senator from the 20th District.



Senator Kevin S. Parker 
Parker is a New York State Senator from the 21st District.



Champions in Brooklyn:

Borough President Eric L. Adams; Council member Alan Maisel; Council member Jumaane D. Williams; Council member Mathieu Eugene; Council member Inez D. Barron; Council member Alicka Ampry-Samuel; Council member Laurie A. Cumbo; Council member Robert E. Cornegy Jr.; Council member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.; Assembly member Jaime R. Williams; Assembly member Helene E. Weinstein; Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte; Assembly member Diana C. Richardson; Assembly member Tremaine Wright; Assembly member Walter T. Mosley; Assembly member Maritza Davila; Assembly member Erik M. Dilan; Senator Martin Malavé Dilan; Senator Jesse Hamilton; Senator Roxanne J. Persaud; Senator Kevin S. Parker; Congress member Yvette Clarke; Congress member Hakeem Jeffries

Champions in Bronx:

Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.; Congress member Jose E. Serrano; Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie; Assembly member Michael Blake; Assembly member Marcos Crespo; Assembly member Latoya Joyner; Assembly member Jeffrey Dinowitz; Senator Gustavo Rivera; Senator Jose M. Serrano; Senator Jamaal Bailey; Council member Vanessa Gibson; Council member Rafael Salamanca, Jr.; Council member Ritchie J. Torres; Council member Fernando Cabrera; Council member Ruben Diaz; Council member Andy King; Council member Andrew Cohen


Monday, April 2, 2018

In Case You Missed It - April 2

Our Red Cross volunteers woke up bright and early on Wednesday to storm the Today Plaza and raise awareness for Red Cross Giving Day!

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 174 adults and 67 children following 51 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
  • April 2, 3, 6, 9: 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.
  • April 28, May 6, 12: Major “Sound the Alarm” fire safety smoke alarm installation events are coming to the Bronx on April 28 and in Brooklyn on May 6 and 12 and we need your help to install free smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods and to educate families on preparing for fires. Sign up by calling 877-733-2767 or by visiting www.soundthealarm.org/nyc.
  • April 27: Prior to the Red and White Ball, we will be holding a panel discussion with hero honorees Taylor Winston and Shiva Ghaed who were both in attendance at the tragic Las Vegas mass shooting that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on October 1st. Both have been instrumental in the rescue and recovery of the concertgoers as they put their lives back together after the traumatic event. Stay tuned for more details.
  • April 28: Click here for more information about the 2018 Red & White Ball: A Salute to Service and Valor.
  •  May 1: The Red Cross is holding a panel discussion between experts in humanitarian and global affairs about the many “silent” disasters that occur and the humanitarian implications of their lack of visibility. RSVP for the free panel here

Saturday, March 31, 2018

VOLUNTEER PROFILE: Dottie Brier, A Red Cross Institution

Dottie Brier has volunteered with the Red Cross since 1992.
by Stan Frank

Dottie Brier earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Smith College and went on to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Her focus has always been on mental health counseling and helping clients understand, resolve and heal from traumas they had experienced.

In 1992, Dottie retired as a social worker at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital and joined the Red Cross as part of a national mental health team that was then being assembled. Within a week, she was sent to Florida by the Red Cross to help families impacted by Hurricane Andrew, which destroyed more than 63,000 homes and left more than 175,000 people homeless.

During her career, Dottie has been called on to respond to every conceivable type of disaster. She worked at six tragic aviation incidents including TWA Flight 800 in 1996 which crashed near Kennedy Airport killing 230 people; Egypt Air Flight 990 in 1999, which crashed off the Massachusetts coast killing 217 passengers and crew; and the September 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001, which destroyed the World Trade Center and killed nearly 3000 people.

All of these terrible disasters caused untold trauma to those affected, but the most famous aviation incident Dottie was involved in is Flight 1059, known as the Miracle on the Hudson, when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed his damaged plane on the Hudson River in 2009 and all 155 passengers and crew survived.

In the resulting movie, Sully, which was directed by Clint Eastwood and featured Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenbgerger, Dottie played herself and reenacted the duties of a Red Cross volunteer. Said Dottie, “First things first. ‘Be where the client is.’ ‘Mazlow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ are things we learn early in our social work training. They are well exemplified in the movie by our meeting the immediate needs of the cold, frightened, bewildered passengers as soon as they arrived on land. Physically they needed the warmth of the [Red Cross] blankets and emotionally the calm, compassionate presence of a human being, respecting their dignity by walking them through the mobs of people. Appropriate nonverbal behavior was essential and well done in the movie.”

Commenting on the confluence of March being both Social Work Month and Red Cross Month, Dottie noted:

“The Social Work professional and Red Cross go hand in hand. Our values, especially humanitarianism and the worth of and respect for every human being are the basis of each. I personally am devoted to both and love what I have been doing as a Disaster Mental Health volunteer for over 25 years”.

Thank you Dottie for all you have done and continue to do for the Red Cross! #RedCrossMonth

Monday, March 26, 2018

In Case You Missed It - March 26


Representative Daniel M. Donovan came out to help us install free smoke alarms for residents in Staten Island.

Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 265 adults and 87 children following 52 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
  • March 26, 27, 30, 31: 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.
  • March 28: Red Cross Giving Day is this Wednesday and volunteers are being organized to attend “storm the Today Show Plaza” to help cheer on and spread the message of the Red Cross.
  • March 29: If you couldn’t get tickets to see Harry Style’s sold-out tour, you’re in luck. If you donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief before March 29th, you enter for a chance to see Harry Styles on tour in New York.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Red Cross Month Volunteer Profile: Hortensia ("Rok") Anderson

by Stan Frank


For over 60 years, the President of the United States has designated March as American Red Cross Month. It is a month when we celebrate our volunteers and supporters who make the mission of the Red Cross a reality.

This month, we are taking a moment to celebrate the volunteers who raised their hands in 2017 to support an unprecedented year of disasters across the country and around the world. From natural catastrophes including hurricanes and floods to devastating wildfires and a tragic mass shooting, the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross deployed more than 300 volunteers to deliver hope and help during a remarkable time.

We asked several volunteers to share some of their deployment experiences. Today we hear from "Rok" Anderson.


What first motivated you to become a Red Cross volunteer?

I’ve always wanted to raise awareness by educating communities on preparedness and assisting communities by showing empathy for the survivors of any devastation that occurred in NYC.

 (l -r) Zoe Anderson, Jody Oldham, and Hortensia 

How many times have you been deployed, and where?

I was deployed three times, once to Dallas, Texas; once to Santa Rosa, California; and once to the District 1 Headquarters in California. I am presently deployed in Louisville, Kentucky.

What was your most memorable deployment this past year?

My most memorable deployment was to Dallas in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. In Dallas I worked closely with the late Rosemary Mote, the Regional Disaster Officer for North Texas, on logistical needs. My mission was to assist the Logistics Team with pushing out resources and material in a timely fashion after Hurricane Harvey.

Every day I helped to procure supplies and equipment for the Dallas community. I made sure that requisitions for needed supplies from our warehouse were filled completely and correctly. I input the information in the Transportation Toolkit. I also learned how to open and close facilities according to Red Cross procedures.


Thank you Hortensia for sharing your experience and for deploying to deliver the mission of the American Red Cross. We are grateful for your service. #RedCrossMonth

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