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Chapter Leader Helping Improve Homeland Security
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Red Cross
 
January 15, 2008

For the past 18 months, Joseph White has been advising the leaders of the American Red Cross, the nation’s leading emergency relief organization. Lately, he has been doing the same for top officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Joseph C. White, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross St Louis Chapter is sworn in by Secretary Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security as a member of the Emergency Response Senior Advisory Council to the Department of Homeland Security.
Joseph C. White, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross St Louis Chapter is sworn in by Secretary Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security as a member of the Emergency Response Senior Advisory Council to the Department of Homeland Security.
(Photo credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)

White, chief executive officer of the St. Louis Area Chapter of the Red Cross, was sworn in January 10 as a member of the Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee. The committee is one of five panels that advise the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), which provides recommendations to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on homeland security matters.

The HSAC, chaired by former CIA and FBI Director William Webster, is Chertoff’s primary advisory body. It comprises leaders from state and local governments, first responder communities, the private sector, and academia.

“I value the independent and innovative advice I receive from these trusted counselors,” Chertoff said of the 13 individuals (including White) who were welcomed to the HSAC and its subcommittees. “These appointments will increase the knowledge and experience of our membership and provide me with critical and diverse perspectives as we work together to keep America safe.”

In November, White was named vice chairman of a new task force that is assessing the ways in which DHS can improve its acquisition of essential technologies in support of its homeland security mission.

White has served as CEO of the St. Louis Area Chapter for the past five years and has participated in many disaster relief operations, including the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He serves on the Presidential Advisory Council, a group of chapter executives who provide input and feedback to the president of the Red Cross on opportunities, challenges, and/or concerns affecting the organization.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.



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