Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Regional CEO for @RedCross gives thoughts @RedCrossOK

Please join me in reflecting on the past few days of the American Red Cross.

Thursday and Friday, the Red Cross had the honor to provide canteen services and first aid support to the thousands of neighbors and fans in Louisville, Kentucky paying homage and celebrating the 'home going' of one of America's greatest champions Muhammad Ali.

Yesterday in Orlando, Florida the American Red Cross was providing canteen services and mental health support and blood for what is now American's most deadly mass shooting that killed 50 young people and sent more than 50 to the hospital.

In between these international events, new volunteers were trained Saturday across the AOK Region (Arkansas-Blytheville, Fort Smith, Helena, Hope, Little Rock and Fort Smith; Oklahoma- Blackwell, Clinton, Enid and McAlester); Fire alarms were installed in homes in Stuttgart in southeastern Arkansas, while teams in northeast Arkansas responded to a fatality fire with injuries; Two comfort stations were opened Sunday, another today, for Oklahomans rescued from flash floods; and responders assisted more than 40 residents displaced by an early morning apartment fire in north central Arkansas.

Close to two dozen responders from our Region remain in southeastern Texas providing care to one of the largest American Red Cross responses in recent years, the deadly and devastating floods still impacting neighbors from Dallas to Austin to the greater Houston area. Sadly as we know too well, floods lose the attention of the public soon after the water recedes, but the pain for the families remain. Red Cross is there, and will be there, to help guide them to recovery.

This doesn't include the countless calls around the clock to our offices for help and guidance to needs outside of our mission that you kindly assist with; responses to single family fires, care provided to our military families or the first aid/CPR/AED classes taught.

This is what we do at the American Red Cross. The 'regular' and the unexpected is what we train for and stand ready for--to be ready to relieve human suffering at a moment's notice.

Thank you for continuing to do your neighbors, communities and country proud.

Have a good week.

Bradley J. Barghols,
Regional Chief Executive Officer

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