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American Red Cross Month

Mar 1, 2024

WHEREAS, as one of the Nation’s oldest and most recognized humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross has long been a symbol of the compassion and selflessness that defines the American way of life; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross provides care to those in desperate times when disasters and other crises threaten to overwhelm and destroy communities, and Alaskans have come to trust and depend on the Red Cross of Alaska to provide aid and assistance throughout the State; and

WHEREAS, the Red Cross emphasizes the empowerment of individuals and families to protect themselves in times of uncertainty with four simple steps: make a plan, build a kit, get trained, and volunteer; and

WHEREAS, Red Cross courses in lifesaving skills, first aid, CPR, water safety, and other critical tasks improve the wellbeing of entire regions by providing valuable insight and training which can be applied in crucial situations when life hangs in the balance and medical responders are not present; and

WHEREAS, last year in Alaska, 430 Red Cross volunteers responded to a total of 219 disasters and helped 379 families impacted by disasters in 77 communities across the State, including the major flooding event across the Yukon Kuskokwim River Delta, and the glacial outburst flooding in Juneau; and

WHEREAS, Alaskans gratefully welcome the efforts of the American Red Cross, whose lifesaving mission is powered by the dedication of volunteers, the generosity of donors, and partnerships with community organizations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim March 2024 as:

American Red Cross Month

in Alaska and urge all Alaskans to support the American Red Cross and consider volunteering to assist with its noble humanitarian mission.

Dated: March 1, 2024