Division Disaster Executive @ American Red Cross
Charles Blake is the Disaster Officer in the State of Texas for the American Red Cross. He began his Red Cross career in 1980 as a volunteer in disaster and health and safety services with the Clark County Chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has held positions such as Chapter board, state council and field services team, state disaster specialist, Senior Director at National Capital Chapter in Washington DC and Director, Disaster relief operations, National Headquarters. In 2009, he was awarded The National Presidents Award for Employee Excellence in Management. Throughout his career, he was assigned to administer a variety of national Disaster Response Operations. Mr. Blake has served the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as the lead relief delegate in Sri Lanka, managing the organization and distribution of Red Cross supplies and equipment for the tsunami relief efforts. In 2005, Mr. Blake represented the American Red Cross as a moderator for lessons learned and the Red Cross response to terrorism for the NATO-Russia conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Charles spent four months in New Orleans working with the Southeast Louisiana Chapter as the interim Director of Emergency Services following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was the Director of the Relief operation for Southeast Louisiana. In 2006, he received the prestigious International Humanitarian Award from the Red Cross. Recently, he returned from New York as the Deputy Director, Operations for Super Storm Sandy. Charles attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Western Pacific Airlines before coming to work for the Red Cross.
Charles’ experience allow him the ability to provide consultative and support services to Chapters, Chapter boards, review and implementation of disaster plans, development of community disaster education programs, and mitigation and response activities throughout the state.