9:30AM - 10:15AM
Dario J. Diaz, Jr. - Regional Disaster Officer, Emergency Services, American Red Cross in Greater New York
Ed Torraca - Deputy Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross in Greater New York
Hurricane Season Review
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Dario J. Diaz, Jr.
Dario J. Diaz Jr. studied Psychology, Mental Health and Criminal Justice, Law enforcement at New Jersey City University. He has been involved with the American Red Cross since 1996, where he has filled different roles within the Health and Safety, Disaster Services, and International Services Department.
In the last 11 years Dario has worked in over 5000 disaster within the Greater New York Region, with primary coverage of New York City. He has also worked in multiple national and international disasters; including the Earthquake in Haiti, “Superstorm” Sandy, Hurricane Katrina in the US. Most recently he served in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island for the Hurricane Irma and Maria response. As an international delegate for the American Red Cross, Dario has also worked in conjunction with the Dominican Red Cross, Mexican Red Cross, British Red Cross, and others in capacity building and Disaster Relief Operations.
Most recently Dario is the Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York; where he is responsible for the Disaster Cycle Services department for the Region.
Ed has been serving the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross for nearly four years first as the Brooklyn Disaster Program Manager and currently as the Deputy Regional Disaster Officer. Previously, he served on US Army active duty as a communications, logistics, and most recently, a civil affairs officer assigned to posts in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Ed's effort to support international humanitarian activities has been most recently enriched by a year-long tour to Somalia where he partnered with organizations to secure the population and introduce development programs.
Ed has a BA in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MPA from Long Island University, Brooklyn.
Ed is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve currently serving as a Public Administration Officer assigned to the 353d Civil Affairs Command, Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. He is also Vice President of the Italian Children's Mission, a charitable organization providing support for after-school and summer care centers in Italy that offer health, welfare, and enrichment programs for marginalized children.