Over the past several months, the American Red Cross has been working with community partners to strengthen its current capacity to respond to large-scale disasters by placing more than 30 trailers stocked with relief items across the Greater New York region, including Long Island.
Partner organizations on Long Island that have recently been working with the Red Cross to provide additional locations for trailer storage include the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management and The New York Racing Association.
“It’s rewarding to work with all of these different organizations,” said John Miller, CEO, Red Cross on Long Island. “It clearly shows the value of partnerships and how by working together, Long Island will be stronger and more resilient in the face of another disaster.”
The mobile trailers filled with bulk relief supplies have been strategically placed in safe areas adjacent to, but outside, hurricane flood zones. These partnerships and new locations enhance and strengthen pre-existing supplies.
“We are proud to have Red Cross trailers placed at Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack,” said Chris Kay, CEO and president of The New York Racing Association. “Our role within the community is very important to us, and so is our ongoing relationship with the Red Cross.”
“The Red Cross served Suffolk County residents prior to and in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” Steve Bellone, county executive, said. “This initiative is another opportunity where Suffolk County and the Red Cross can work together to best serve the residents. Pre-placement of emergency trailers with supplies needed during a disaster will ensure that those in need obtain resources as quickly as possible.”
The trailers, which are mobile, can help thousands of families and are filled with critical items including blankets, flashlights, crank radios and cell chargers, as well as cleanup kits, work gloves, shovels, rakes, detergent and tarps.
Pre-positioned supplies are not only used for large-scale disasters but also incidents like large fires or localized flooding.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano said, “This allocation of additional resources will further assist our proactive approach to future natural and made-made disasters. I thank the Red Cross for their commitment to Long Island.”
"The Red Cross provided vital and much needed resources and assistance in the Town of Babylon following Sandy and we are forever grateful," agreed Rich Schaffer, Babylon Town Supervisor. "We are proud to work again hand-in-hand with the Red Cross to strategically position resources that will allow us to better respond rapidly to future emergencies."
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/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.