Red Cross Names Disaster Officer for Connecticut and Rhode Island

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“We do more than respond in the wake of emergencies; we work every day to help people, organizations and communities to better understand their risks and to prepare for emergencies."

Christopher Baker in New Role with Red Cross; Has Extensive Experience

FARMINGTON, CONN., SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 — Christopher Baker has been named Regional Disaster Program Officer for the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region.

In this new role, Baker will oversee the development and implementation of Red Cross Disaster Management Cycle processes, supporting disaster preparedness, response and community resilience operations.

“Chris has been a valued member of our Red Cross team for five years,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno. “Through prior experience and his years with the Red Cross, Chris brings the skills and connections to this job that will help us build a safer, more resilient region.”

Before taking this new assignment, Baker served as Senior Director of Emergency Services at the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Baker was Director of Emergency Disaster services with the Salvation Army.

Bruno said that Baker’s responsibilities will include development and management of emergency preparedness and response policy, partnerships and people resources in Connecticut and Rhode Island. “Chris will lead our emergency services team and be responsible for linking our local resources to the larger American Red Cross system.”

“I’m honored to have this new role with the Red Cross,” Baker said. “I am fortunate to work with a dedicated, experienced team of paid and volunteer staff that help us respond when neighbors need help and who work throughout the year to plan, prepare and educate others about emergency readiness.”

Baker said that his new role would enable him to help the Red Cross implement its Disaster Management Cycle. “We are taking a 360-degree approach to our work,” Baker said. “We do more than respond in the wake of emergencies; we work every day to help people, organizations and communities to better understand their risks and to prepare for emergencies. When we are better prepared, we can reduce the impact of emergencies and speed our recovery.” Baker said “a full-circle approach builds more resilient communities.”

Baker is a graduate of University of Phoenix and holds a bachelor’s degree in human services.