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January 2010

   Message from our CEO
   Tim Ryerson

 On January 12, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 devastated Haiti. The American Red Cross currently is working with its partners in the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the Haitian Red Cross, and other partners to assist those affected by this disaster.

Whether occurring here in Middle Tennessee or in countries all across the globe, the American Red Cross is recognized for its quick, emergency response to major disasters. We are one of the first to respond with emergency food, clothing, shelter, health and mental health care to the affected victims and workers. It's what we do.

Not so well known is the local Red Cross response to disasters in our own community.  Perhaps the most visible examples are home and apartment fires.  But additionally, we are on the ground immediately responding to tornados, extreme weather events, and toxic spills.  While less graphic than the images from Haiti, these are truly disasters to those affected locally. 

Because we are not a government agency, we are totally dependent upon our friends and neighbors in the Middle Tennessee area for the financial support we must have to make sure that we will be there when we are needed.

The donors and volunteers of the American Red Cross continue to be the truest measure of our strength and without whom, the mission of the Red Cross could not be delivered.  

We are extremely grateful to the tens of thousands who have given generously of their time, money and other resources to both the International Response Fund which currently supports the crisis in Haiti, as well as to your local Red Cross responding to disasters much closer to home.  

 

 

On another note, most of you are already aware, the American Red Cross is split in to two separate divisions, Chapter and Blood Services. Both of these divisions work closely together, but have different management structures and report separately in the organization. Many of you have heard, I’ve been recruited to work in a leadership position with the Blood Services Division in the Tennessee Valley Region effective February 8, 2010.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciations to the staff, employees, and volunteers at the Nashville Area Chapter.  It has been a pleasure serving with you at the Chapter level and I look forward to continuing our relationship in Blood Services. 

I would also like to congratulate Health and Safety Services Manager Matt Moody who will serve as Interim CEO for the Nashville Area Red Cross Chapter following my departure. A search for a new CEO is in full swing.

As always, on  behalf of all of us at the Nashville Area Red Cross Chapter, thank you for supporting your American Red Cross.

 

American Red Cross Response in Haiti:
What You Need to Know

Q: What is the situation in Haiti?

A: The situation in Haiti is dire. Following the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, 2010,  the infrastructure of the country has been severely damaged – airports, ports and roads – making it difficult for aid to get in. People are still in need of basic items like food, water and medical care, and this is frustrating for humanitarian organizations like the American Red Cross due to the difficulty to get planes caring humanitarian aid into the airport. The roads are heavily congested and travel by road from the Dominican Republic has gone from an 8-hour journey to an 18-hour journey.

The Red Cross is working with the U.S. government to discuss how these issues can be alleviated, and we applaud the U.S. Armed Forces, which are on the ground and doing a great job. Despite the problems, there are glimmers of progress.

It is also important to note that Port-au-Prince is so central to the economy and governance of Haiti that this disaster not only affected the earthquake victims (est. 3 million), but the entire population of Haiti (est. 9 million).

Q: What is the American Red Cross doing specifically?

A: The American Red Cross, working alongside Red Cross and Red Crescent teams from around the world, is making heroic efforts to reach as many people as possible and is truly making a difference.

There are more than 400 Red Cross workers from around the world in Haiti as well as thousands of local volunteers.

American Red Cross staff, armed with first aid kits, are treating the wounded and getting the severely wounded to hospitals and providing basic relief items and tents for shelter. The American Red Cross is also sending approximately 3 million pre-packaged meals to Haiti, and will partner with the World Food Program to distribute them to survivors over the weekend.

Lastly, as of Thursday, Jan. 21, nearly 70 American Red Cross Creole-speaking volunteers have left Miami to join the USNS Comfort offshore in Haiti tomorrow. Once aboard, they will serve as interpreters for patients receiving medical care from the U.S. military.

Q: Is the Red Cross accepting volunteers
or goods for Haiti?

A: The Red Cross appreciates these heartfelt offers, but we are only deploying Red Cross volunteers specially trained to manage international emergency operations. At this time, what we need the most are financial contributions – whether by check, online or by phone. There is nowhere to store or sort items like clothing, or a way to ship them to Haiti at this time. Visit www.cidi.orgfor a list of organizations that are accepting personal and household goods.

Q: How can I donate to the American Red
Cross response in Haiti?

A: For your convenience, we have several ways in which donors can provide financial support to the American Red Cross.

You can call in your donation, by dialing 1.800-HELP-NOW.

You can mail in a check to: (specify on check memo "Haiti Relief")

American Red Cross   Nashville Area Red Cross
PO Box 37243  OR  2201 Charlotte Ave
Washington, DC 20013   Nashville, TN 37203

You can text ‘HAITI’ to 90999 to automatically donate $10. Please note: standard text messaging rates apply.

You can make an online donation by visiting www.redcross.org, and then selecting the DONATE option at the upper right hand corner of the page or visit www.nashvilleredcross.org.


Red Cross and Music City Community Chorus Host Benefit Concert for Haiti Relief


Recording Artist John Cowan performing with the Music City
Community Chorus

The  Nashville Area Red Cross and the Music City Community Chorus  recently hosted a joint benefit concert featuring Country music singer-songwriter Pam Tillis and other artists including Buddy Jewell, John Cowan, and Troy Johnson as they performed Handel’s Messiah presented in traditional form with chorus and an orchestra made up of members of the Nashville Symphony.

The fundraiser was held at the downtown Limelight and benefited both the Nashville Area Red Cross and the Music City Community Chorus. The chorus, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is now in its 4th year and directed by vocal coach Renee Grant-Williams.

Following recent events the Nashville Area Chapter pledged to direct all money raised on behalf of the Red Cross that evening to be directed to the International Response Fund which went towards the disaster relief efforts in Haiti. 




(Picture) Nashville Red Cross Chief Development Officer John Havron with Recording Artist Buddy Jewell.


The Nashville Area Chapter would like to send our sincerest appreciations to the Music City Community Chorus, Director Renee Grant-Williams, and the Excelsior Chamber Orchestra for making this event possible, as well as to all of the night’s special performances from Pam Tillis, Buddy Jewell, John Cowan, Troy Johnson, Stephen Norwood, Meghan Hunter, and Jennifer McKenzie.
 


 


 

 

Disaster Training News:

  • February is Mass Care Month!
    Receive training in all three areas of Mass Care, all being offered this month.
  • Interested in joining a Disaster Action Team (DAT) in your area?
    Join us on Feb. 2, 2010 for the DAT Workshop  at the Nashville Area Chapter.

For more information on Disaster Training courses please email Christy Debusk, debuskc@nashvilleredcross.org.

The Red Cross also encourages completing free courses provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA).
Visit:
http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Feb 1; 5:30pm Adult CPR/AED Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 2; 6pm Disaster Action Team (DAT) Workshop Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 2; 5:30 pm Infant/Child CPR Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 3; 5:30pm First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 4; 6pm Mass Care Overveiw Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 5; 8am BBP Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 5; 9am Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 6; 9am Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 6; 10am Mass Care Overview Vanderbilt Campus
Feb. 8; 9am Adult CPR/AED Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 9; 9am Infant/Child CPR/First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 11; 6pm Join the 10,000 Orientation Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 12; 9am Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 13; 9am Infant/Child CPR/First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 13; 9am Join the 10,000 Orientation White County Public Library, Sparta
Feb. 16; 9am Adult CPR/AED Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 17; 9am Infant/Child CPR/First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 19; 9am Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 20; 9am Bulk Distribution Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 20; 10am Join the 10,000 Orientation Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 22; 5:30pm Adult CPR/AED Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 23; 5:30pm Infant/Child CPR Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 24; 5:30pm First Aid Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 27; 9am Shelter Operations & Simulation Vanderbilt Campus
Feb. 27; 9am Disaster Frontline Supervisor & Simulation Nashville Area Chapter
Feb. 27; 9am Join the 10,000 Orientation Cookeville Regional Medical Educational Center
Feb. 28; 9am Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Nashville Area Chapter

Disaster Training registration now ONLINE

 

To register for a CPR/FIRST AID/AED class, contact Mary Ann Hodges at hodgesm@nashvilleredcross.org or 615.250.4300 ext. 4277.



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