Monday, October 9, 2023

In Case You Missed It

Teaching International Humanitarian Law to cadets attending SUNY Maritime College.

Over the last seven days, the Greater New York Red Cross has provided emergency assistance to 91 adults and 19 children following 37 local disaster responses. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming activities. (See below)

Last Week in Review
  • Last Sunday, our community preparedness team spent the day at SUNY Maritime College to teach International Humanitarian Law, hands only CPR, and other preparedness courses to 30 sea cadets at the school.
  • At the Mill Neck Manor Apple Festival over the weekend, our volunteers shared important preparedness information and signed people up for free smoke alarm installations.
  • Our Long Island volunteer Edras Hidalgo was given the First Responder Award during state senator Monica Martinez’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration last Friday.
  • Last Wednesday, Assemblymember Ken Zebrowski helped our volunteers install smoke detectors in the Rockland community.
  • In support of our Sound the Alarm campaign, State Senator Shelly B. Mayor did a PSA for her Westchester district expressing the danger that home fires pose and how the Red Cross can help.
  • We shared a post about long time donor, Ann, who came in for her thirty fourth blood donation and encouraged others to do the same amidst our ongoing national blood shortage.
  • Bronx-based radio station WFUV published an interview last week about how new donor eligibility standards in New York increase inclusiveness in blood donations for the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • At the end of September, after installing free smoke alarms and providing fire safety education in Washington Heights, some of our Home Fire Campaign volunteers stuck around upper Manhattan to visit the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • A Red Cross grant helped fund swimming lessons in Nassau County provided by Black People Will Swim and the Jack and Jill Society.
Upcoming Events and Activities
  • Oct 15: We hope to see you for a day of fun at Long Island Family Day! Our teams will be there to share important safety information and teach Hands Only CPR.
  • Oct 18: Explore the critical challenges faced by children in conflict zones. In partnership with the American Red Cross and Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, this webinar sheds light on the existing legal and policy frameworks, emphasizing the essential advancements for heightened protection.
  • Oct 25: The 2023 film “Oppenheimer” led audiences on a tour de force through J. Robert Oppenheimer's work on the Manhattan Project, which ushered in a new era of destruction in war. Join the American Red Cross as we use the film to explore the dawn of the nuclear era and its intersection with the law.
  • Oct 26: This fall, we will recognize heroic individuals and compassionate leaders who embody our humanitarian mission at the Long Island Heroes Celebration. Join us for an evening of cocktails, fine dining, and music, as well as one-of-a-kind auction items.
  • Dec 2 (Rescheduled): At Prepare the Town: Mount Vernon, the American Red Cross and the City of Mount Vernon want to help prepare you and your community for emergencies, including home fires. Join us for free giveaways, demonstrations, veterans' resources, and other safety activities!

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