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 thirty trailers filled with relief items across the New York region.
Partner organizations 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, Resorts World Casino New York City, The New York Racing Association and the College of Staten Island.
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.
“The Red Cross knows the importance of being prepared,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region. “After Sandy hit New York, Red Cross volunteers handed out more than five million relief items to people devastated by the storm. We’re working every day to build on our ability to help people in their time of need. Partners help us meet the needs of our community quickly in times of disasters.”
“Sandy was devastating to families across our community and region,” said Edward Farrell, president, Resorts World Casino New York City. “We are proud to partner with the Red Cross to house trailers with disaster-relief supplies in our parking lot, for use in case of an emergency. This borough [Queens] is our home, and as part of this community we are committed to continuing to do everything we can to support it.”
The trailers, which are mobile, can help as many as 6,000 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.
“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.”
Pre-positioned supplies are used not only for large-scale disasters but also incidents such as large fires or localized flooding.
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/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.