In 2018, volunteer disaster workers from the Eastern New York Region deployed 193 times, supporting 26 different large-scale relief operations including Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the Southeast U.S., Typhoon Yutu in the Northern Mariana Islands, and the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California. Incredibly, this exceeds a record set just last year, when local volunteers deployed 166 times to respond to disasters like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Locally, Red Cross volunteers worked tirelessly to help their neighbors, responding to 472 local disasters - mostly home fires - and providing relief in the wake of four large emergencies, including January's ice jams and floods in the North Country, as well as the tragic Schoharie limousine accident in October. Red Cross volunteers and partners installed 5,867 free smoke alarms in 2018, and provided fire safety education to 2,466 local families.
Beyond disaster relief and preparedness, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) volunteers provided support to 1,970 local service members, veterans and military families this year. And across Eastern New York, we held nearly 3,000 blood drives and collected 72,343 blood donations to support patients in need. (All data as of December 10, 2018.)