About the American Red Cross in Alabama and Mississippi
American Red Cross Mission
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
The Alabama-Mississippi Region is comprised of 149 counties that are broken down into eight geographical Chapters – Central Alabama, Mid Alabama, North Alabama, South Alabama, West Alabama, Southwest Mississippi, Southeast Mississippi and North Mississippi.
In 2008, the American Red Cross under the direction of President and CEO Gail McGovern unveiled the “One Red Cross” initiative which enables resources to be moved seamlessly where they are needed most especially during times of disaster and emergency.
When disasters happen, the Alabama-Mississippi Red Cross readily sends volunteers and resources regularly housed within the state to help with the relief efforts. Many of our volunteers are trained and very experienced due to the tornado outbreaks and tropical storm activity in recent years. With more than 3,500 trained Red Cross volunteers in the Alabama-Mississippi Region, we stand ready to respond to disasters near and far.
The Alabama-Mississippi Region provides the following services:
Disaster Services: When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is ready to provide a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing, emotional support and hope to those affected.
Services to the Armed Forces: We relay urgent messages between U.S. service
Preparedness: We provide free disaster preparedness education classes and information to our local communities.
Health and Safety Services: We offer training in first aid, CPR/AED, swimming and water safety, care giving and more.
International Services: With more than a century of experience, the American Red Cross works with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network to meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Blood Services: We collect blood every day from donors who help ensure a safe supply of blood when it’s needed.
Damon Summers, Regional Disaster Program Officer, 205-234-5478
Annette Rowland, Regional Director of Communications and Marketing, 205-234-0945
Sara Manney, Regional Volunteer Services Officer, 205-532-9447
Elizabeth Hall, Regional Director Service to the Armed Forces, 601-353-5442
Board of Directors
Stephanie Hill-Alexander, Board Chair
Tanvee Sinha, Junior Board Member
Partnership with AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. For more information, visit NationalService.gov. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.