The “AOK” region of the Red Cross covers all of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and staff, the AOK region has had some great moments in the news this month. We had some fantastic Disaster Cycle Services volunteers who stepped up and agreed to be interviewed by newspapers and TV reporters. A few of them were a little nervous, but all of them did fantastic job of representing the Red Cross and all that we do for Oklahoma and Arkansas communities. I couldn’t be more proud!
Below are a few media highlights from December 2016.
The Oklahoman: Nearly 200 Oklahoma families affected by fire damage this month (subscription required)
Fox 23: East Tulsa home catches fire
The Duncan Banner: Red Cross helps 455 Oklahomans during home fires since beginning of December
Blytheville Courier: Red Cross opens Blytheville office
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Longtime Red Cross volunteer at the ready
(Wondering why some of the Oklahoma fire stats are different? A few stories ran after Monday, Dec. 19, in which updated stats were requested from our disaster team.)
The Red Cross’s mission to “[prevent] and [alleviate] human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors” extends to ensuring people have confidence in our presence in their local communities. Through stories like these in local papers and on broadcast networks, people learn more about what the Red Cross is doing on a daily basis in their own neighborhoods and communities, and that brings with it a sense of comfort in the face of disaster.