Red Cross officials from around the state traveled to Sacramento to discuss the latest Red Cross happenings and to meet with local legislators during the annual Red Cross Legislative Symposium and Day at the Capitol, held April 2-3, 2013.
This annual event offers a unique opportunity for Red Crossers from around the state to interface and network with each other and receive updates on key activities in California, while also providing an education on legislative processes and direct contact with local elected officials.
Red Cross Chapter CEO’s, Boardmembers, staff, and volunteers gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento to discuss the latest updates on topics ranging from disaster response, government relations, statewide disaster preparedness, and pending legislation. Red Cross Chapter representatives also used this time to meet with legislative representatives from their specific regions and advise them on important legislation currently being moved in support of the Red Cross.
In addition to the topics covered, the Red Cross also built upon it’s strong relationship with the State of California, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) – the State’s lead agency in the coordination of disaster response. The MOU further integrates the resources and services offered by the Red Cross into the state’s emergency planning and response protocols, allowing for improved communication and effective delivery of resources to those in need.
This two-day event was capped by an emergency preparedness fair on the North steps of the Capitol building, during which volunteers provided visitors with hands-only CPR instruction, training information, blood pressure checks, emergency preparedness tips and tools, and information on programs and opportunities available within the Capital Region Chapter.