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Eastern Mass CEO Shares Boston Bombing Experience with Israel

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The meeting will enable both Magen David Adom and the American Red Cross to better serve people in need in our respective communities, as well as create additional opportunities to work together

American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts CEO Jarrett Barrios is among the officials in Israel this week to share lessons learned in preparing for, and responding to, mass casualty events such as earthquakes and terrorist attacks.

Barrios led the Red Cross’ response to the Boston Marathon Bombings in April. He joins national Red Cross leadership whose regions responded after Sept. 11, 2001 and after this year’s explosions in West, Texas. They will meet with counterparts of Israel’s Magen David Adom in September to discuss the strategy and tactics involved in supporting this region’s recovery.

“The meeting will enable both Magen David Adom and the American Red Cross to better serve people in need in our respective communities, as well as create additional opportunities to work together,” Barrios said.

The two entities worked together when the American Red Cross and Magen David Adom jointly deployed to Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake to deliver life-saving assistance.

Magen David Adom is a member of the Red Cross, the largest humanitarian organization in the world and is expected and ready to provide humanitarian assistance following a large scale disaster. Even developed countries may require additional assistance during a large scale natural disaster, and the American Red Cross is pleased to be engaged in preparedness activities with Magen David Adom.

Barrios is joined by Neal Litvack of Weston, Chief Development Officer of the American Red Cross, among other officials.