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Red Cross to Announce Partnership with Hip Donelson

We are thrilled to be working with the Hip Donelson organization and we hope to inspire other community organizations to get involved with the Red Cross and to take a proactive approach to be prepared for the unexpected.

NASHVILLE, TN, MONDAY, August 5, 2013 - The Red Cross has recently developed a unique partnership with Hip Donelson in order to promote community preparedness and readiness for disasters. The partnership will be officially unveiled at the National Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. located at Mc Gavock High School (3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214).

“This partnership is the first of its kind in Middle Tennessee,” said Christy Debusk, Education and Partnership Manager. “We are thrilled to be working with the Hip Donelson organization and we hope to inspire other community organizations to get involved with the Red Cross and to take a proactive approach to be prepared for the unexpected.”

About Hip Donelson

Utilizing the core element of social media, currently with over 6K members, Hip Donelson is able to connect quickly with the membership that is based in the local community. As a member of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, the organization will have the organizational structure and viable access to reach out to multiple business and community resources to meet the immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster or tragedy. These businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations have graciously provided food, shelter, animal rescue, and community outreach in the past. The quick response from the local community to the May 2010 flood that severely impacted the Donelson area is a prime example of the community’s ability to come together.

“The Hip Donelson/Red Cross partnership provides a variety of opportunities for the Donelson/Hermitage community by engaging our members with Red Cross Disaster Action Teams, Health and Safety Training, vital preparedness information as well as serving as a conduit to assist residents who need a referral system within the Donelson/Hermitage area utilizing the core element of social media,” said Colleen Curtis, Hip Donelson, Vice President.

Red Cross Disaster Action Teams (DAT) prepares for and responds to disasters of all sizes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through its Disaster Action Teams (DAT). Always on call, DAT volunteers provide disaster relief to meet the emergency needs of people affected by house fires, storms, tornadoes, floods, transportation accidents, and man-made disasters. Assistance needed by clients is evaluated by case workers and may include shelter, food, clothing, emotional support, household items, prescription medication, and other critically needed items.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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