Deb Gordon’s guest was Josh Lockwood, CEO of The American Red Cross Greater New York, which is the largest chapter of this premier volunteer-led relief organization that responds to disasters both here at home and abroad, to help the individuals who are affected.
About 70 New Yorkers die in fires every year, and Mr. Lockwood discussed the organization’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, a new partnership with the Mayor’s office and the FDNY, to help reduce the number of deaths from fire.
“We have Red Cross volunteers going door to door and physically installing free smoke alarms in vulnerable communities,” said Lockwood. “I would encourage everybody… just test your smoke alarm – make sure it’s working, and if you don’t have one and need one, we have these great alarms that are being given away through this program – for free.”
(Photo courtesy of Red Cross of Greater New York)
The Red Cross also supplies almost half of the nation’s blood supply, and Mr. Lockwood talked about the need for the community to continue to support the Red Cross and donate blood, and the new blood app which offers a convenient way for New Yorkers to schedule an appointment.
“One of the most amazing things that American’s can do is to give blood, “said Lockwood. “It’s a great way to help your fellow Americans – in a time of need one blood donation can save three lives.”
Also discussed were the many other ways that the Red Cross helps our communities, which includes first aid, CPR and lifesaving courses and also the support that the organization provides to military members and their families.
The American Red Cross of Greater New York relies on volunteers to foster its mission and Mr. Lockwood encouraged listeners to join his life-saving team.
“None of us think a disaster – the terrible thing is going to happen to us, but what we see every day is the circumstance, where it does happen, ” said Lockwood. “Having folks on the ground who want to be there, who aren’t being paid to be there…makes all the difference.”
–Deb Gordon/Fresh 102.7