The F.D.N.Y Disaster Assistance Response Team is one of the longest standing partnerships the American Red Cross has to date. “We’ve been working together for many years through many disasters.” Said Michael Mondello, FDNY Team Leader.
During the recent response to the Oklahoma Storms, the FDNY Team took special training to be able to work in a special capacity as the Red Cross Government Liaisons. These special liaisons are positioned at multiple Emergency Operations Centers at the local, state and federal levels throughout the affected communities in Oklahoma.
Government Liaison Volunteers work with the Emergency Managers at each level to determine the needs of the community and to ensure the Red Cross is involved in the planning required in meeting those needs quickly and efficiently. The Liaisons then take the information up to Red Cross leadership to get the teams out in the field tasked with providing the relief that has been requested.
“We are proud to give back to Oklahoma during this emergency because we have been on the other side and needed your help. You were there…now it’s our turn.” said Chris Edwards, FDNY Disaster Assistance Team member.