Written by: Emily Goff, volunteer
Meet Josh Carin, a Red Cross supporter who’s helping to make his neighborhood a more resilient place. Josh was first introduced to the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region through local networking events. A while back, he attended another nonprofit’s gala and purchased a home emergency kit for his family. Since that day, Josh has been constantly striving to maintain safety and preparedness for his family and his community.
Josh’s devotion to the Red Cross mission was reinforced after the September 11 attacks. As a business owner, he felt obligated to prepare his entire team for natural and man-made disasters. Josh created an emergency plan that addresses both preparedness as well as business continuity. His team carries the Department of Homeland Security’s, “SeeSomething, Say Something” protocol in both English and Spanish wherever they travel to in the DC, MD, and VA areas. Drivers are also instructed to first call the office in the event of an emergency, then, if possible, head back to the main headquarters. Each driver is given an emergency backpack purchased from the American Red Cross, and each of his office executives has an emergency backpack in his/her personal car.
If Josh could give any advice regarding disaster preparation it would be for “businesses to do everything in their power to ensure the safety of their teams and teach them how to handle any possible disaster.” There is no such thing as too much safety! To learn more about how you can commit your workplace or organization to preparedness, join the Red Cross Ready Rating Program.