The American Red Cross Southeastern Service Area conducted disaster training on January 17th and 18th for national leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
American Red Cross National Liaison Smyther Fallen, NAACP Project Manager Angela Long and NAACP Chief Operating Officer Rev. Nelson Rivers III took part in a special volunteer training program for NAACP leadership. (Photo credit: Ruben Brown/American Red Cross)
The training was part of a national partnership to train NAACP members as Red Cross disaster volunteers throughout the country. At the end of the two-day session, participants were certified in shelter management and were equipped to assist with Red Cross operations in their home cities.
"Red Cross disaster training will give the African American community the capacity to administer disaster relief services and to be more self sufficient," said Angela Long, project manager for the NAACP. She added that, "the purpose of this training is to strengthen the relationship" between the two organizations.
The Red Cross, the NAACP and other African-American civic and religious organizations have launched partnerships to train hundreds of community leaders across the country to become Red Cross volunteers. This project signifies a new level of involvement with public service organizations that partner with the Red Cross before disasters strike so that communities can be better prepared.
Phase one of the Red Cross-NAACP partnership, which was implemented over the past year, involved disaster training for approximately 1,200 members of NAACP, and other groups. The Atlanta training for staff and leadership represents the next step of the partnership.
"The training being conducted by the Red Cross will help the NAACP and the members of the African American community to be able to mobilize, no matter the size of a disaster," said Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, Chief Operating Officer of the NAACP. "This training will help individuals to focus their attention on how to provide quality disaster relief in their communities."
Ruben Brown is Media Relations Specialist with the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter
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.