On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, the Metro East Red Cross branch was abuzz with volunteers and esteemed guests celebrating the opening of the new office in Swansea.
Those in attendance included U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL), Illinois Senate Majority Leader James F. Clayborne Jr., Swansea Mayor Ken Mueller, and Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert. Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson and Disaster Program Executive Mary Anderson hosted the event.
The Red Cross executives gave volunteers and dignitaries an update on the Red Cross regional response to the November tornadoes. Volunteers helped describe a typical Red Cross emergency response to the dignitaries.
To view pictures of the event, click here.
The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region includes 32 Southern Illinois counties. Annually the Red Cross assists roughly 500 regional families after a disaster. That’s anything from a tornado or flood to house fire.
In FY 14 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014), the Red Cross trained 12,717 Southern Illinois residents in lifesaving first aid, CPR, water safety and caregiving. These classes and trainings are part of the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate suffering.
In Illinois, the St. Louis Red Cross assisted 442 military families with emergency communications, emergency financial aid or crisis counseling.
From the new Swansea office, the Red Cross will continue serving Southern Illinois with comprehensive emergency services.
Visit redcross.org/stl to learn more about how you can join the mission!