When Hurricane Gustav roared ashore in Louisiana with heavy rain and powerful winds on September 1, 2008, the Greater New York Chapter's 46-member Rapid Response Team was already in place, staffing a Red Cross mega shelter in Alexandria, Louisiana. The team, led by NY Red Cross CEO, Terry Bischoff and Chief Response Officer, Scott Graham provided a safe haven—including food, water, shelter, and health and mental health counseling—for more than 3,800 evacuees who’d fled the storm. “The generous spirit of our Rapid Response team was truly inspiring,” said CEO Bischoff.
–Theresa Bischoff, CEO, NY Red Cross
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