With 2013 well under way, the American Red Cross Allegheny Region Chapter – which serves Clarion, Crawford, Forest and Venango counties – looks back on the successes of 2012 with satisfaction and pride. The local Red Cross not only responded to multiple disasters within the local community, but also certified hundreds of area residents in lifesaving CPR/first aid skills, and provided vital services to military families. The organization’s humanitarian work is only made possible through the dedication of its volunteers and the generosity of its donors.
As an organization committed to its humanitarian mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, the local Red Cross is always ready to respond to house fires and other disasters that may afflict families in Clarion, Crawford, Forest or Venango counties. Last year was no different – the local organization responded to more than 75 disasters, assisting nearly 80 families with their immediate disaster-caused needs such as food, clothing and shelter.
While responding to disasters is a key service of the Red Cross, the organization is equally committed to helping area residents prepare for the possibility of disaster. Last year, more than 1,000 people throughout the four counties were briefed in disaster preparedness and community readiness, and nearly 2,500 people were trained in lifesaving CPR/AED and first aid skills.
The Allegheny Region Chapter improved its own preparedness and response capabilities by joining the 25-county Western Pennsylvania Region in early 2012, enabling the organization to make the most efficient use of its donated dollars and to provide the highest level of Red Cross services in the most effective manner possible.
Through this collaboration, Red Cross offices throughout Western Pennsylvania have been able to work more closely together to share resources, expertise, as well as volunteers and staff, to create a more efficient organization with a drastically increased response capacity.
This year, the Allegheny Region Chapter has much to anticipate. The local organization will participate in a regional disaster preparedness drill in April in which Red Cross offices across Western Pennsylvania will quickly and simultaneously open shelters in response to a hypothetical region-wide disaster.
The local Red Cross will also roll out the Red Cross Revue, an event hosting a variety of musical talent from the area that will be held on April 13 at the Barrow Civic Theatre in Franklin. Individuals interested in sponsoring the event, or showcasing their talent for the event, are encouraged to contact the chapter for more information.
The Allegheny Region Chapter could not fulfill its humanitarian mission in Clarion, Crawford, Forest and Venango counties without the kindness of its donors and the dedication of its volunteer base. Anyone interested in volunteering with the organization can contact the local office at 888-733-5603 to learn more.