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Local American Red Cross Announces New Regional Disaster Officer

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 11, 2016 — The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties today announced that Victor Roosen has been named the new regional disaster officer of the organization.

In this role Roosen is responsible for all disaster services, including response, recovery and preparedness throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties, as well as in American Samoa.

Roosen recently served in the same capacity for the Red Cross in the Western Pennsylvania region, where he worked with volunteers, donors and government officials, prepared disaster response plans and budgets, and more, in order to strengthen the Red Cross mission. He led 2,000 volunteers and 18 staff members in providing disaster relief for a 28 county region alone.

With more than 20 years of operational leadership experience in businesses and nonprofit industries, Roosen is skilled in volunteer recruitment, training and motivation.

“Victor is the perfect fit for San Diego,” said Bill Earley, CEO for the local chapter. “Not only is he a proven leader who has successfully built teams and capabilities, he is a dedicated Red Crosser who can hit the ground running. We are so proud to welcome him to the team, particularly as we start the El Niño season.”

Prior to joining the Red Cross in 2011, Victor had a career in management, including 10 years owning and operating his own real estate and property management businesses.

About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties:

The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle.  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/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook , YouTube and Twitter