Governor Terry Branstad Proclaims March Red Cross Month in Iowa

Governor and Red Cross Executives
The Red Cross wouldn’t be able to do what we do every day-help Iowa residents prevent and prepare for emergencies without our everyday heroes, the people who donate their time, blood and financial resources. - Steve Barnett, Executive Director

In celebration of the American Red Cross, Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation on Thursday, March 7, 2013, making March Red Cross Month in Iowa.

“This is a great time to celebrate and recognize the everyday heroes in Iowa as well as uncover your inner hero,” said Tammy Lee, Executive Director of the Greater Northwest Iowa Area of the Red Cross. “We cannot say thank you enough to those who take the time to make a financial or blood donation or take a Red Cross class in First Aid and CPR.”

For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has been helping people in need. Red Cross Month is an ideal time to be part of the Red Cross, and there are a variety of ways to do it.

  • Work on a preparedness plan for your household so you will be ready for emergencies
  • Download the free Red Cross apps for mobile devices such as the First Aid and tornado apps. These tools put preparedness and disaster information at your fingertips.
  • Become a Red Cross volunteer. There are many different ways to help – serving meals and distributing supplies during a disaster, supporting our nation’s members of the Armed Forces and their families, becoming a blood donor or taking Red Cross classes are just a few.
  • “The Red Cross wouldn’t be able to do what we do every day-help Iowa residents prevent and prepare for emergencies without our everyday heroes, the people who donate their time, blood and financial resources, “ said Steve Barnett, Executive Director of the Eastern Iowa Area Red of the Red Cross. “Without our heroes we wouldn’t be able to help disaster victims here in Iowa, much less victims across the country, or even the world.”

    Last year the Red Cross in Iowa responded to more than 500 fires, and 91 of our trained disaster workers were deployed to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

    If you would like to watch Governor Branstad read and sign the proclamation making March Red Cross Month in Iowa, click here.

    You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

    Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.