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National Baptist Convention, Red Cross Announce Partnership
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Two will work together to prepare communities for disasters
September 10, 2009

Recognizing that response to large disasters is bigger than any one organization, the American Red Cross has expanded its ability to respond to these situations by forming diverse and inclusive partnerships with faith-based and civic organizations across the country.

The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. today joined the ranks of these Red Cross partners by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Red Cross which calls for the two organizations to work together to provide disaster preparedness and response services to diverse communities.

"We are delighted to form this critical partnership with the National Baptist Convention," said Joe Becker, Red Cross senior vice president for disaster services, "Their leadership and assistance in helping communities prepare for and respond to disasters will be invaluable."

The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest African American religious convention with an estimated 7.5 million members.  Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., the group recently held its first annual Disaster Response, Relief and Recovery Training.  In attendance were local pastors as well as district and state representatives.

Under the new agreement, National Baptist Convention churches may be used as shelters and will be trained in different disaster response roles; churches will help local Red Cross chapters prepare their communities; chapters and churches will work together on community disaster planning; and churches will support blood drives held by their local Red Cross Blood Services regions.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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