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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 3

Recognize Heroes Who Bring Hope to People in Need During American Red Cross Month

The American Red Cross (ARC) is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during American Red Cross Month.

“March is Red Cross Month, the perfect time to honor our American Red Cross volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring hope to people facing life’s emergencies,” ┬ásaid Jessica Debalski, Division Disaster State Relations Director for Texas. “During Red Cross Month, we thank them for their tremendous support.”

March has been recognized by the president and the nation as ARC Month for more than 70 years. ARC Month showcases how the organization helps people across the country and around the world. “I request that during that month (March) our people rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross.”--President Franklin D. Roosevelt, first Presidential Proclamation of March as Red Cross Month, 1943.

The ARC depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. Every eight minutes, ARC disaster workers respond to a community disaster, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. Its vast network provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. To meet patient needs, workers must coordinate to collect nearly 14,000 donations of blood every day. Through the ARC, millions of people are trained in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. The organization also supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.

In FY 2016, the ARC regions in Texas responded to local emergencies including fires, floods, and tornadoes and assisted over 44,700 clients with their recovery. They provided 28,900 case services to military families and trained 214,280 people in lifesaving skills.
During ARC Month, you too can become a community hero by taking a few simple steps!

  • Create an emergency preparedness plan for your household.
  • Test your smoke detectors and remind your neighbors to do the same. If you don’t have smoke detectors, contact your local ARC chapter for assistance.
  • Give blood or a make a financial donation.
  • Become a volunteer
  • Learn lifesaving skills like lifeguarding or CPR. Search for classes in your community.

Every day, the ARC depends on local heroes to deliver help and hope during an emergency. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The ARC is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the ARC spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

Thank you to all of the Red Cross supporters in Texas who assist their neighbors during life’s darkest hours. We are deeply grateful!

Jessica Debalski  
Division Disaster State Relations Director
American Red Cross
Southwest and Rocky Mountain Division

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