Rick began his affiliation with the American Red Cross as a youth volunteer overseas. Over the next 12 years he spent portions of his volunteer time teaching Health and Safety courses, supporting military families and responding to disasters. During this time, he was affiliated with both large and small chapters on the East Coast. In 1987, after writing a Thesis on the Sanctuary Movement versus First Amendment Law, Rick made the decision to join Red Cross full time as the Director of Planning and Preparedness for the Greater Miami Chapter. Just prior to Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he joined the national sector as a Disaster Response Planner in the Northeast. Since that time Rick has served our clients and organization by leading the Southwest Readiness Team, Southwest Service Area and South Area Teams. Rick led Federal Mass Care efforts after 9/11 and led responses to Katrina/Rita and Michael. Since 2013 he served on the Southeast and Caribbean Team as a Division Disaster Director, supporting our Regions and the organization with all aspects of Disaster Cycle Services. Currently in addition to directly supporting Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and the USVI, he coordinates or supports efforts including but not limited to Readiness – Supportive Community, our Preparedness Programs, Hurricane, Wildfires and Weapons of Mass Destruction Champion Programs, and supporting responses to Disasters. His background and service in Health and Safety, Service to Armed Forces, International Services and Disaster have allowed him to support the Red Cross mission in many ways during his career. This Spring, Rick was awarded the “Neil Frank” Hurricane Award for making a major impact in the areas of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation or related fields at a national scope.
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