Open Letter from CEO Jarrett Barrios to the Red Cross Workforce

  Los Angeles Red Crossers,  Today dawns a new chapter in our lives with the novel coronavirus: Today is our first day navigating life “in the red.”  The specific order by California’s governor mandates that “all individuals living in California stay at home or their place of residence.” A similar order from our county board of supervisors and the Los Angeles County Director of Public Health gives a bit more content to what will...

A Look Back at 2019, A Look Forward to a New Decade

By Jarrett Barrios, CEO, Red Cross Los Angeles It’s been quite the American Red Cross year in Los Angeles, indeed!  Many Red Crossers sometimes only have visibility into their slice of the work in our Region, so I thought I’d provide a summary of some of our highlights this year. First Aid Stations and Training Services For more than 40 years, the Red Cross has supported the Tournament of Roses by operating the first aid stations along the...

Before the Fire Starts, After the Smoke Clears

I want to tell you a story. It’s not about disasters that make headlines, like the California wildfires or Hurricane Lane. It’s about a disaster that claims lives in your community every day, but that you might never have heard of. It affects individuals and families in cities and towns across the United States and around the world. And yet in spite of all this, it gets little to no coverage. I’m talking about home fires. Home fires claims...

Hometown Heroes: Ordinary People with Extraordinary Hearts

By Jarrett Barrios, Los Angeles Region CEO On May 10, 2018, I had the pleasure of joining hundreds of local Red Crossers at our 14th Annual Hometown Heroes luncheon. This year’s event was held at the Carson Community Center, in the City of Carson, and it offered the perfect locale to honor 12 heroic acts performed by 23 local individuals. The actions of the honored individuals, or groups of individuals, define why we, at the Red Cross, train...

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