Disaster Preparedness and Response

Disaster Preparedness and Response

Arkansas American Red Cross

1.30.2013

Arkansas American Red Cross

Arkansas Red Cross first local national response was the historic Flood of 1927 that devastated large areas of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, requiring more than 80 camps to shelter more than 325,000 evacuees. Red Cross disaster relief and care lasted close to three years, during which time half of the state was under as much as three feet of water from the Delta Region in eastern Arkansas to Little Rock. Red Cross helped feed more than 250,000 Arkansans in need of food during the 1930 drought.  Another catastrophic flood in 1937 called again for a large scale Red Cross response.

The Clinton School and Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross present a panel discussion on disaster preparedness and response. Moderated by Roger Elliot, state disaster officer for the Red Cross, the panel will include:

Hugh McDonald, president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
Leo Perreault, executive director of network, Verizon Wireless South Central Region
David Maxwell, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management