The Red Cross has responded to numerous disasters under Striar’s leadership, including Superstorm Sandy, Hurricanes Irene and Lee, the 2008 ice storm, and several major floods. In addition to these large-scale responses, the Red Cross is called to more than 400 local home fires each year and provides immediate financial assistance and emotional support to families in need. During Striar’s tenure as CEO, the local Red Cross has significantly enhanced its volunteer base and disaster response capacity, strengthened community partnerships throughout the region, vastly increased local services for veterans and military families, prepared thousands of people for emergencies, and launched a major home fire safety effort which has resulted in more than 25,000 free smoke alarms installed since the program’s start in 2014.
Striar has also overseen significant changes in the Red Cross during his time as CEO. In recent years, the organization has transformed its operations across the nation to increase mission delivery, ensure efficient use of resources, and keep up with a growing demand for Red Cross services. Striar has led this transformation locally, resulting in a stronger Red Cross that makes excellent use of donated dollars to meet the needs of communities across Eastern New York.