Valley gets new Red Cross boss

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Tony Young, CEO Red Cross

EL CENTRO – Tony Young, the new CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties American Red Cross, introduced himself to the County board, Tuesday.

Young told the board that the Red Cross deems to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it happens. “We are an impartial, neutral, independent volunteer-led organization,” he said.

Red Cross rushes to emergencies and provides food, clothing, and if needed, a motel, that same night. They even supply emotional counseling to victims of tragedy, Young told the board.

Another service the Red Cross provides, Young went on to say, was to military spouses of deployed serviceman. “If an emergency occurs at a deployed persons home, the Congress has granted us permission to get that military person back home ASAP and the Red Cross pays,” Young said.

The Harvard graduated CEO said he has seen Red Cross sites across the US, and the emergency sites of the Imperial Valley and San Diego Counties are some of the best in the country. However, he plans to create and heighten a sense of preparedness for the citizens of the Imperial Valley. The Red Cross will continue CPR training and enhance more preparedness here.

The local Red Cross office is at 781 Broadway in El Centro.