Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 87 adults and 15 children following 43 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities (see below).
Last Week in Review
- Over the weekend, the #GetAlarmedNYC campaign received a bright spotlight from ABC7 on their annual Operation 7 Save-A-Life (jump to 3:39 in clip) fire safety special, hosted by anchor Bill Ritter.
- On Sunday, the Red Cross joined several city agencies at Staten Island Borough President James Oddo’s open house.
- Continuing our #MyRedCrossLife Instagram series, Metro New York North volunteer Aderonke Coker shared what makes her want to volunteer more.
- On Thursday, the Red Cross had a surprise celebrity visitor: Amy Schumer. Schumer filmed a segment of her popular Inside Amy Schumer show at our Greater New York Red Cross HQ in Hell’s Kitchen.
- Also on Thursday, the Staten Island Advance featured our home fire safety efforts in the borough.
- On Wednesday, we blogged about the busy few days for the Red Cross preparing for and responding to Winter Storm Jonas.
- Earlier in the week, our blog also took a behind-the-scenes look at our incredible Emergency Communications Center representatives, who are at the front lines of our disaster response efforts.
- The American Red Cross is helping residents of Flint, Michigan during the current water crisis there by working with government, nonprofit and other community partners to help make sure the community receives items such as bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and home water testing kits.
- Feb 3, 5, 8: Red Cross blood drive; 1 to 7pm; 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
- Feb 6: The #GetAlarmedNYC campaign to help save lives by installing free smoke alarms in the community will make its way to West Brighton, Port Richmond and Randall Manor (Staten Island) next month. Volunteer or sign up for a free smoke alarm installation at www.redcross.org/GetAlarmedNYC.