The first American Red Cross and New York State Elected Officials of Suffolk County Round Table took place Oct. 2 at the New York State Office Building in Hauppauge, N.Y. The Round Table’s goal is to have ongoing face-to-face dialogue between the Red Cross and elected officials about Red Cross services for county residents.
This first Round Table was hosted by State Senator Lee Zeldin. In Senator Zeldin's opening remarks he said, "Long Island is in great hands, working together with the Red Cross under John Miller's leadership."
Miller, CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island, then talked about the effects of Superstorm Sandy on Suffolk County, how the Red Cross is helping residents recover, and the importance of preparing for future disasters.
"Building resiliency for the next storm is an important undertaking for the Red Cross and County representatives to take as a shared initiative," he said. He added, “One of the major lessons learned from Sandy is that leadership matters. Both Senator Zeldin and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone exhibited tremendous leadership in response to the storm.”
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.