Thursday, September 12, 2013

Regional CEO T.D. Smyers Heads to Israel for Information Exchange

Magen David Adom volunteers help the
injured after the earthquake in Haiti.
North Texas Region CEO T.D. Smyers is taking a little bit of Texas to the Middle East.

T.D. is one of a handful of American Red Cross local CEOs that have been personally selected by Red Cross National President and CEO Gail McGovern to join her on a trip to Israel beginning today. 

The trip will serve as a comprehensive information exchange between the American Red Cross and the Magen David Adom (Israel’s Red Cross Society), with the societies hoping to share lessons learned in preparing for, and responding to, mass casualty events such as earthquakes and terrorist attacks. 

The meeting will enable both Red Cross Societies to better serve people in need in their respective countries, and to create opportunities to work together. A recent example of collaboration was when the American Red Cross and Magen David Adom jointly deployed to Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake to deliver life-saving assistance. Additionally, the teams will discuss the launch of a new universal first aid app, based on the success of the American Red Cross series of life-saving apps. The first Hebrew language app is rolling out in Israel this month. 

Safe travels, T.D.!

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