April 12, 2014
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is proud to have partnered with the American Red Cross on April 12 to assist disaster preparedness efforts in South Florida and New York.
“AUC students have a demonstrated commitment to community involvement and service. This shared value is something we look for and encourage— it helps to make our school unique.” said Heidi Chumley, M.D., Executive Dean and Chief Academic Officer. “Saturday’s events brought together newly accepted students and assisted the disaster relief efforts for which the Red Cross is known.”
In South Florida, AUC medical students prepared and took inventory of emergency kits to ensure South Florida shelters are ready for the upcoming hurricane season. Students in New York prepared and delivered supply kits to churches, food banks and other locations.
“The Red Cross of the South Florida Region appreciates the opportunity to work with AUC in helping us be better prepared to serve the community in case of hurricanes,” said South Florida Region Disaster Program Officer Carlos Castillo. “The Red Cross supports shelter operations and having full-stocked and maintained shelter kits enable us to be more efficient in establishing shelters when needed.”
The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions.
View photos from the events on the AUC Facebook page.