Ryan Avery serves as our Regional Disaster Officer, responsible for ensuring disaster preparedness, response and recovery services are at the ready 24/7/365 to serve the citizens of Massachusetts, as well as offer mutual-aid support across the nation during large-scale disasters. Through the work of nearly 1,000 Disaster Responders, we provide community and youth disaster education, visit homes to install smoke alarms and educate residents on home fire prevention, provide comfort and resources after single- and multi-family fires, open disaster shelters, provide health, mental health and spiritual care support, and help families recover after disasters.
Ryan Avery began his Red Cross journey in 2010 as a Disaster Cycle Services Volunteer in Connecticut, then moved to Wisconsin to serve as a Disaster Program Manager and later Senior Disaster Program Manager. In 2018, Ryan joined the Massachusetts Region as the Senior Disaster Program Manager, and begin his role as the Regional Disaster Officer 2023. He has served in leadership roles on numerous national disaster relief operations including Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, Maria, Laura, Ian, as well as the 2016 Alberta Wildfires response with the Canadian Red Cross, and our 2021 Afghan Repatriation support. He and his partner live in Amherst and enjoy exploring New England.