Trevor Riggen: October 3, 2019


American Red Cross Provides Tips on How to Prepare Ahead of an Emergency

Live on site from the American Red Cross Situation Room

Trevor Riggen

SVP of Disaster Cycle Services, American Red Cross

Emergencies are more common than people may think, and disasters can happen anywhere, anytime. While we can’t impact the course of these storms, we can help support communities and families staying safe through proper planning, which is why the American Red Cross and Clorox are encouraging everyone to be “Red Cross Ready.”

As this year has already seen an active hurricane season, the Red Cross is encouraging everyone to follow three action steps to prepare for a disaster; build a kit, make a plan, and be informed. On October 3, Trevor Riggen, SVP of Disaster Cycle Services, will discuss how you can prepare for a natural disaster and provide tips on how to create an emergency kit for you and your family.

Some of Trevor’s tips will include:

·         Build a Kit: There are some basic supplies you should always have in case of emergency including water, non-perishable foods, a flashlight with extra batteries, crank radio and a multi-purpose tool. It’s also a good idea to include Disinfecting Bleach, which can be used to help make water potable when fresh water isn’t available as well as fight mold that is caused from excess moisture and standing water from flooding.

·         Make a Plan: With your family or household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.

·         Be Informed: Download the Red Cross Emergency App, which provides more than 35 customizable severe weather and emergency alerts, as well as information on what to do before, during and after emergencies ranging from power outages to home fires, to hurricanes and tornadoes. Get trained in First Aid and CPR so you’ll know what to do in case emergency help is delayed.


Trevor Riggen has been with the Red Cross for more than nine years and has a reputation as a resourceful leader, who has been a key driver in implementing organizational changes throughout the country to improve disaster response and recovery. Trevor worked in Mass Care and as the Senior Director of Direct Services before he was promoted to the Vice President of Operations in 2012 and in 2013, was appointed as the Vice President, Disaster Operations and Logistics. Most recently, Trevor was responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining scalable programs, procedures, and volunteer opportunities to meet the direct needs of disaster clients for all domestic events. In this role he was also directly accountable for leading successful response and recovery efforts to major disasters, including Superstorm Sandy and the 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes. Prior to coming to the Red Cross, he held several leadership positions with community-based organizations in both Illinois and the Washington, DC metro area focused on literacy, crime prevention, poverty reduction, education and emergency planning for public school districts. He served in the Peace Corps in Morocco where he developed local agricultural cooperatives.

 Produced for: American Red Cross & Clorox

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