With all eyes in the nation on Hurricane Isaac and 34 local Red Cross volunteers responding to relief efforts among six Gulf Coast states, mayors and a legislator from Illinois now have a more informed idea of how Red Cross disaster operations are executed in their own communities.
During an event today at the Southern Illinois Branch Office in Fairview Heights, state officials and local mayors toured a fleet of Red Cross disaster vehicles. It included a Disaster Action Team vehicle that trained disaster workers take to the scene of local disasters such as house fires. They also got a tour of an emergency response vehicle, just like the five others from our Region that have already headed south for Isaac relief efforts.
Following the tour, the guests picked up their lunch from the window of the emergency response vehicle, just like they would following a major disaster such as a tornado.
“We are so grateful for this opportunity to show the elected leaders of our communities how the Red Cross responds during disaster,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross. “They also left the event with useful information on how to help better prepare their constituents and build resilient communities.”
Along with Red Cross disaster operations, the guests learned more about other Red Cross programs such as Services to Armed Forces and Health and Safety Services. A program leader taught them how to download the new American Red Cross First Aid App. It gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, as well as how to prepare for emergency situations.
The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region serves St. Louis City and 72 counties in Missouri and Illinois. Thirty-one of those counties are in Illinois.
The Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.