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Shel Seidman receives American Red Cross Award

Dr. Seidman’s vision, dedication and leadership are unsurpassed

Fort Lauderdale, May 9, 2013 - The American Red Cross South Florida Region is proud to announce that its longtime volunteer and Chair of its Disaster Committee, Dr. Shel Seidman, received the 2013 Governor’s Hurricane Conference American Red Cross Award.

Seidman received the award today during a luncheon at the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference being held this week at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.

“Dr. Seidman’s vision, dedication and leadership are unsurpassed,” wrote LtCol Tony Colmenares USMC (Ret), Director of Emergency Services at the South Florida Region American Red Cross, in nominating Seidman for the award. “From single family disasters to major disasters, he is quick to respond and to lead in whatever role or function he is needed. His untiring support of the staff and volunteers within the South Florida Region motivates other volunteers to lead and inspires the staff to succeed.”

In his capacity as Chair of the Disaster Committee for the South Florida Region of the American Red Cross, Seidman has coordinated preparedness activities with partner emergency management agencies, identifying high risk areas and preparing mitigation plans for each area.

He has led the staff and volunteer team of the South Florida Region in determining resources and resource allocation distribution while personally taking the lead in surveying over 100 evacuation shelters in a six month period.

“Shel is a true leader and friend of the American Red Cross, Emergency Management and, most importantly, to our clients,” wrote Colmenares. “In the true Humanitarian spirit of the American Red Cross Mission, Shel stands among our leaders.”