|Alex Poku is a volunteer instructor who teaches children how to prepare for emergencies.|
Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 61 adults and 18 children following 37 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)
Last Week In Review
- Our thoughts are with Texas as they respond and recover from Hurricane Hanna.
- Throughout the week we shared safety tips to help beat the heat.
- Last Tuesday, the national American Red Cross social media accounts featured our very own Alex Poku, a volunteer instructor who helps teach children how to prepare for emergencies.
- Last week, our volunteers distributed fruit boxes and care packages to the Columbia University-Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Queens as part of the NYC Healthcare Heroes Initiative.
- There is an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma as COVID-19 cases surge across the US.
- Last Tuesday, Council Member Robert F. Holden, Senator Joe Addabbo, and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato co-hosted a special emergency preparedness presentation for their constituents.
- Red Cross is standing up a “Hurricane Reserve Core” team to deploy locally in the event of a major storm in our area. Join us!
Upcoming Events and Activities
- We are actively recruiting for the following volunteer positions: Ready Red Cross Shelter Volunteer. Apply today at www.redcross.org/volunteer! For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To find a blood drive near you click here.
- July 29: Pillowcase Project is a online program that teaches children how to prepare for emergencies. Register for an online session here.
- July 28: Prepare, Respond, Recover is a free virtual training about what you and your community can do when natural and man-made disasters strike. Register for an online session here.
- August 4, 27: Sheltering Volunteer Information Session covers how you can become a Sheltering Volunteer, so you can help during an active hurricane season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.