Red Cross monitoring Red Sox victory

As the Red Sox won the first round of the World Series playoffs, the American Red Cross was staffing the Emergency Operations Center – just in case.

Within the Red Cross a corps of volunteers specialize in government relations in tense situations – a trained volunteer or staffer sits in the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bunker in Framingham during storms like the Blizzard Nemo or Tropical Storm Irene. These volunteers are charged with getting information from government officials to help us respond – and to get information from the Red Cross to officials making public safety decisions.

During the Boston Marathon Bombing, these government liaison volunteers were key in getting information from the Medical Intelligence Center, from State Police and local law enforcement officials who helped the Red Cross respond to that disaster and keep our volunteers safe.
Without jinxing it, we’re preparing to open our Disaster Operations Center should a victory parade be scheduled for the city of Boston. Just as we did during the Boston Marathon, and for other large events, we make sure our headquarters can be up and running for a response within minutes. At the Red Cross we hope for the best and prepare for the worst – the worst being, in this case, a win in seven games.

Want to be one of our volunteers? Check out all the opportunities at RedCross.Org. Want to join in as we tweet the series? Find us at Twitter.com/RedCrossMA.

VIDEO: Cody Ross urges Red Sox Nation to donate blood

Check out this video with Cody Ross of the Boston Red Sox and Donna Morrissey of the American Red Cross uging elligible donors to give blood for those in need.

 

Have you ever dreamed of being honored at Fenway Park before a Red Sox game, or seeing your name in lights on the center field video board in front of thousands of cheering Red Sox fans? 

Now donors have a chance to win the opportunity to be the Blood Donor of the Game. Winners will receive a pair of tickets to a Red Sox home game, recognition at the game, and a special commemorative souvenir.

For more information visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS

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