Why is the Memorandum of Understanding between the Red Cross and the NAACP Important?


“It’s important; we have to be concerned about the saving of lives.   The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) affords us the ability to be at the table when decisions are being made.”


When there is a disaster the Red Cross with the help of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) can take part in the conversation – we can speak about services needed,” said Adora Obi Nweze, Director of Community Partnerships for the South Florida Region Red Cross & State of Florida NAACP President.

The NAACP has been a partner of the American Red Cross since 1981. Volunteers from the NAACP volunteer with the American Red Cross in the event of the major disaster. In addition, they engage in preparedness discussions and other activities with Disaster Partnerships.

“What we’ve done on this MOU is we’ve divided the Florida Red Cross Regions.  We’ll have a contact person for each area.  That’s big in terms of structure; there will be more management of the relationship. We can be part of the decision making process that can help our communities.  When you’re dealing with nearly 8 million people, signing an MOU insures that we have people in place when we need them particularly for the under served communities” Obi Nweze continued.

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