WHEREAS, as one of the nation’s oldest and most recognized humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is woven tightly into the fabric of Alaskan life. The American Red Cross is best known for providing compassionate care when disasters and other crises threaten to overwhelm and destroy families. In times of need, Alaskans trust and rely on the Red Cross of Alaska to provide services and support; and
WHEREAS, the Red Cross leads the way in empowering individuals and families to protect themselves in uncertain times with four simple steps: make a plan, build a kit, get trained, and volunteer. This volunteer organization makes our communities safer by providing vital information needed to maintain safe and healthy lives through Red Cross courses in lifesaving skills, first aid, CPR, water safety, and much more; and
WHEREAS, last year, an outstanding corps of 729 Red Cross volunteers responded to disasters big and small, including the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the southcentral and Matanuska-Susitna Borough areas of our State; and
WHEREAS, the Red Cross also provides global emergency communication services and supports military and veteran health care facilities across the State of Alaska. We recognize the volunteer heroes in Alaska who make this work possible and support our neighbors when they need a helping hand; and
WHEREAS, every day, people in our Great State depend on the American Red Cross, whose lifesaving mission is powered by the devotion of volunteers, generosity of donors, and partnership of community organizations. The American Red Cross restores hope at home and throughout the world every day, while its vital services are a testament to the generosity and humanity of the American people.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim March 2020 as:
American Red Cross Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to support this organization and consider volunteering to assist with its noble humanitarian mission