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Walgreens recognized for Hurricane Sandy efforts by Department of Homeland Security

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced that Walgreens, Monsignor John Brown and the New York Mets have each been awarded the 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience, recognizing their contributions to their communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“The Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience recognizes outstanding response to a catastrophic incident and leadership in fostering resilient and prepared communities," said acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers. “The devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy impacted millions of families, and today many are still recovering from the storm. But this storm also produced many heroes who rose to the challenge and assisted those in need. The three recipients of this year’s award truly exemplify this spirit of resilience and strength, serving as models for communities across our nation.”

Walgreens implemented business continuity plans before the storm made landfall, enabling the company to continue providing for basic human needs. In the aftermath of the storm, Walgreens quickly dispatched mobile pharmacies and constructed temporary pharmacies, continuing to provide services throughout the region. The company also shipped 25,000 blankets, three semi-trailer loads of water and other items that governmental organizations were lacking.

Under Monsignor Brown’s leadership, St. Francis de Sales Parish became the largest relief center on the Rockaway peninsula, providing hot food, medical care, mental health care, trauma counseling, clothing, cleaning supplies, pet food and veterinary care. At the height of the effort it served between 4,000 and 10,000 people per day.

The New York Mets, working with the city’s Office of Emergency Management, opened their facilities to be used as a logistics dtaging srea for more than three and a half months to receive, stage and distribute unassigned resources prior to or following the storm. The Mets also supported first responders’ daily efforts by providing housing for up to 600 workers a night and distributing more than 1,500 meals per day during the peak recovery period following the storm.

In 2011, DHS created the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience in memory of Richard "Rick" Rescorla, who on Sept. 11, 2001 led a massive evacuation of Morgan Stanley’s 2,700-person workforce located in the South Tower, saving the lives of all but six. Following the 1993 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Rescorla regularly drilled his Morgan Stanley employees in disaster preparedness and response, especially evacuation, ensuring that employees knew how to evacuate and where to go on 9/11.

The Rescorla Award is the Department of Homeland Security’s first national resilience award for superior leadership and innovation by a non-governmental individual or organization who exemplifies the qualities and achievements of Rick Rescorla, emphasizing leadership in effective preparation, response and recovery in the face of disasters.

 

 

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15th annual NACDS Foundation Dinner raises more than $1.8M

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation celebrated its 15th Annual Foundation Dinner the evening of Dec. 3 in New York City, raising more than $1.8 million to support the Foundation’s research, education and medication adherence initiatives.

Walgreens and Duane Reade were the premier sponsors of the event.

General David H. Petraeus (U.S. army, retired), former director of the CIA and former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, delivered the keynote address, sharing with attendees his experiences in leading major military and intelligence operations over nearly four decades. The NACDS Foundation Dinner also included recognition of outstanding contributions in advancing public health by Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson, acting U.S. deputy surgeon general.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Alison Farrell of Ahold, Jim Sheninger of CVS; Paige Berger of ScriptSave and Dave Halter of MedImpact.

 

In accepting the 2014 NACDS Foundation Excellence in Patient Care Award, Giberson, who is a pharmacist, was recognized for his service in a number of leadership capacities within the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness, including director, chief professional officer (pharmacy), chief pharmacist and senior public health advisor.

“It’s evident by Giberson’s commitment to service — both to the nation and patients — that he is fully deserving of this year’s NACDS Foundation Excellence in Patient Care Award,” said NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “We are honored to recognize his distinguished career in patient care and thank him for his continued service to the nation.”

Concluding an evening of recognition and good will, Jaeger added, “We are deeply grateful for the support and commitment of the NACDS Foundation benefactors. The Foundation’s engagement in research and education would be limited without your support and your active participation. We look forward to continued collaboration as the NACDS Foundation strengthens its mission to benefit patients, improve outcomes and advance public health.”

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Fresh Dab offers natural alternative to bathroom wipes

BY Ryan Chavis

CANTON, Mass. — Bathroom wipes may be a popular alternative to toilet tissue, but they can also leave homeowners with clogged plumbing and put strain on city sewer systems. A new product aims to provide a solution.

Fresh Dab Toilet Paper Gel is a naturally formulated, water-soluble gel that is applied to toilet paper and then used like a wet wipe. Once the paper is flushed, Fresh Dab easily passes through pipes.

Fresh Dab is also gentle enough that parents with young children or babies can use it as an alternative to baby wipes. Outdoor and travel enthusiasts may also find the product a favorable substitute for traditional wet wipes.

Fresh Dab is made in the United States and is available on Amazon.com.



 

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