NEW YORK, MARCH 15, 2022—The American Red Cross in Greater NY just released Disasters Untold, a new podcast series that provides an intimate look at some of the emergencies that have shaped our country over the past 20 years.
Devastating hurricanes, sudden plane crashes, quick-spreading wildfires, prolonged power outages. No matter how big the emergency, the American Red Cross always answers the call for help. But what actually happens at the scenes of those frightening disasters? How do first responders provide help and hope in the face of tragedy? How do disaster survivors and volunteers experience these events? How do news reporters capture these lifechanging moments?
Disasters Untold gives some insight. It examines five of the largest emergencies and natural disasters that have impacted our country over the past 20 years — from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the deadly Paradise, California wildfires. Interviews with survivors, first responders, volunteers and news reporters bring different perspectives into focus and offer lessons for handling future emergencies.
Listen to Disasters Untold trailer here.
"This new podcast season provides a thought provoking and emotional review of some of the unique emergencies that have impacted our city and our country over the past 20 years,” says Mary Barneby, CEO, American Red Cross in Greater NY. “In looking back, we are reminded of the importance of being prepared and ready for the unexpected. And of the power of individuals to join together to provide support and solace to those in need.”
The six-part series is available now on Podbean and on the Red Cross website. Episodes can also be found on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Stitcher and other podcast platforms by searching Red Cross NY.
- The Northeast Blackout of 2003 - We hear from representatives of some of the agencies and organizations, including the Red Cross, tasked with keeping New Yorkers safe and informed during one of the largest blackouts in US history.
- 9/11 - American Red Cross volunteers who were inspired to join the organization in the wake of the horrific 9/11 attacks recall that fateful day 20 years ago and recount their experiences helping others.
- Hurricane Maria - Red Cross team members who were on the front lines of the response to this storm talk about their experiences, along with two news reporters who covered the storm’s impact and aftermath. All have a personal connection to the island.
- The 2018 Campfire (Paradise, CA) Part 1- This episode examines the wildfire that destroyed the small California town of Paradise and neighboring communities from the perspective of four heroic residents who helped saved lives amid the flames.
- The 2018 Campfire (Paradise, CA) Part 2 - This episode looks at the wildfire that destroyed the small California town of Paradise and neighboring communities from the perspective of those who helped residents recover.
- “Miracle on the Hudson” - Passengers and crew members recall the short flight, the terrifying water landing, and the harrowing rescue. Also featured are Red Cross team members who immediately sprang into action to help on the banks of the Hudson River.
Earlier seasons of the American Red Cross in Greater NY podcast can be found here.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.