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Red Cross solidifies relationship with Pt Washington Crisis Team

Red Cross solidifies relationship with Pt Washington Crisis Team.
This collaboration has and will increase our ability to help the residents of Port Washington when they need it most.

The American Red Cross on Long Island and the Port Washington Crisis Relief Team (PWCRT) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to formalize and strengthen their relationship. This agreement provides a framework and catalyst for continued cooperation between the two organizations for providing human compassion, food, water, personnel, equipment and/or information in support of disaster relief operations.

"The American Red Cross on Long Island is pleased to expand our relationship with the Port Washington Crisis Relief Team," said John Miller, CEO of the Red Cross on Long Island. "This partnership enhances the ability of both organizations to better serve the Port Washington community relative to disaster preparedness and the coordination of disaster planning and response activities."

The Port Washington Crisis Relief Team is a not-for-profit local volunteer organization devoted to supporting the residents of the Port Washington community during times of crisis and disaster by assisting people in need with shelter, sustenance, supplies, information, communication and humanitarian outreach. PWCRT provides assistance to residents of Port Washington and their friends and family, regardless of their citizenship, race, religion, age sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or political affiliation.

The MOU focuses on a number of key areas of disaster preparedness and response.

Opportunities for collaboration:

  • PWCRT may be formally activated by the Red Cross to provide shelter support, bulk distribution centers, crisis relief centers or staging facilities as they relate to the community of Port Washington, N.Y.
  • PWCRT may participate in training, drills, exercises, planning activities, community preparedness activities, local disaster committees and Long Island VOAD.
  • Community preparedness activities:

  • Red Cross encourages PWCRT volunteers to continue to take the free Red Cross online disaster tutorial, "Be Red Cross Ready" and other training courses.
  • PWCRT may distribute "Be Red Cross Ready" preparedness materials.
  • Communication between organizations:
  • In order to better serve the residents of Port Washington, representatives of both organizations have agreed to maintain open communication as it relates to disaster preparedness and response.
  • The key point of contact is PWCRT President, Robert Seiden, and the founding PWCRT team: Vivian Moy, Elise May, Gail Seiden, Dan Donatelli, Paul May, Jonathan Fields, Debbie Greco, Dave Franklin and Meagan Parker.

    "I am proud and honored on behalf of our local grass roots organization that we are able to make a difference in the lives of our community, and that ability is dramatically enhanced with the partnership announced today with Red Cross of Long Island,” said Robert Seiden, president of PWCRT. “I want to particularly thank John Miller and the leadership of American Red Cross for the vision that we share on the emphasis of local response as a fundamental part of the future of disaster response and preparedness."

    The team was activated most recently under the auspices of The Red Cross on January 3, 2013 in response to winter storm Hercules. The PWCRT supported and staffed a warming center at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, opened and run by the Red Cross at the request of Nassau County.

    "This collaboration has and will increase our ability to help the residents of Port Washington when they need it most,” Miller concluded.

    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 or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.