American Red Cross officials from New York State, and volunteers will gather in Albany at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 to meet with members of the New York State Senate and Assembly, to discuss Red Cross programs and services throughout New York for the annual Red Cross Advocacy Day.
Several displays will be featured to highlight the work and programs of the Red Cross, including: a tent with a mock shelter (cots, canteening), a Services to Armed Forces table to give people the opportunity to write out postcards to our Armed Forces, a Preparedness/Health and Safety Services tent to provide information on Red Cross training and life-saving skills, and information about blood services.
“Red Cross Day at the State Capitol is a great opportunity for the NY-Penn Blood Services Region representatives, as well as Red Cross Chapter Executives, volunteers and board members from throughout New York State, to meet with their elected officials to enhance their active partnerships with the State of New York, highlight accomplishments, and exchange ideas on future developments to support the critical mission of the Red Cross,” said Elizabeth H. Briand, Director of State Relations for the American Red Cross of New York State.
2012 was a tremendous year for the Red Cross in New York State to respond to emergencies like local fires and also major disasters, most-notably Superstorm Sandy. The effects of Sandy were devastating and widespread, with many of the affected communities and regions still recovering.
Preview image - (L to R) NYS Assemblyman James Tedisco (District 112) and American Red Cross State Relations Disaster Liaison Steven Taylor