Red Cross, United Way & Dept. of Homeland Security Work Together

Red Cross and United Way team up with Department of Homeland Security to create “resilient” Communities

Who: American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter CEO Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Associate Vice President Wendy David, and Department of Homeland Security’s terrorism advisor Bill Ryan

What: A day long workshop including discussions and presentations on how to be ready for potential disasters, including what to do during a natural catastrophe, preparing for a terror attack and caring for pets during disasters.

When: Thursday December 13, 2012, 10:00am-3:00pm. Media is welcomed between 10am-11:45am or 1:45pm-3pm.

Where: American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania, 2221 Chestnut Street (23rd and Chestnut) Philadelphia, PA

PHILADELPHIA — Two of Philadelphia’s most respected and visible non-profit organizations, the American Red Cross and United Way, will be hosting the second Readiness and Resiliency Academy, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, in an effort to help improve the region’s readiness and response to a potential major catastrophe.

Resiliency is the new buzz word within emergency management agencies across the country. Resiliency includes anything that improves our community and our nation’s ability to bounce back quicker and more effectively from a disastrous event, such as a hurricane, tornado, nuclear meltdown or terrorist attack.

“Resiliency encapsulates the entire American Red Cross mission to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies with less disruption to their lives and to speed up the recovery,” said American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania CEO Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes. “This is not just a Red Cross responsibility or the government’s responsibility. It’s all of our responsibility, which is why bringing the agencies we have here together – the United Way, Homeland Security, and the Red Cross, is so critical.”

About the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania:

The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross is not a government agency. All Red Cross assistance is free of charge. Financial contributions are always welcomed and needed and can be made by going to RedCrossPhilly.org.

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