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Finding Nemo after Hurricane Ike

In this podcast episode, we bring you the story of Jana Sweeny, a Red Cross volunteer on the ground after Hurricane Ike (September 2008). She shares how one family coped in the midst of widespread loss. >> Listen Now >> Episodes 1-8 of Cross the Globe You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes by [...]

Starve a Vampire. Donate Blood

The new CW series The Vampire Diaries debuts on Thursday, Sept. 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT). We have joined forces with CW and Alloy Marketing + Media to host blood drives at more than 230 high schools and college campuses across the nation. The Starve a Vampire. Donate Blood. PSA features the cast of The Vampire [...]

Happy 9.9.09

In honor of today’s 9.9.09 date (and in accordance with the Urlesque ban on cats for today), we offer you 9 photos* of lifeguards. You can start planning now for next summer – become a Red Cross lifeguard! 9 Lifeguards * all using Creative Commons license from Flickr

Test Your Nonprofit Knowledge

Charity Navigator has a back-to-school quiz consisting of 12 questions that test your nonprofit knowledge. We especially like question #5. We hope all you Red Cross blog readers get this one 100% correct! How did you do on the quiz? * Full disclosure, I got 10 out of 12 correct. Missed the executive salary and [...]

Gail McGovern: Preparedness is Everyone’s Job

This is National Preparedness Month and we are trying a lot of different venues and messages to get the word out that it’s very simple for people to prepare for a disaster. It seems like people know they need to prepare but for whatever reason there’s a roadblock. Perhaps they think it’s too complicated or [...]

Friday Finds

In today’s edition: Hotel Survival, Volcanoes versus Lightning, Swine Flu Visualized, and Time Lapsed Wildfires *************************************************** Hotel Survival We’re pretty sure there’s a lesson in here about preparedness. *************************************************** Volcanoes versus Lightning Not sure there’s a lesson here, but it’s 2 kinds of weather you can be prepared for. ************************************************** Swine Flu Latest: Visualized! Information [...]

Photos from the California Wildfires

These photos were taken by various Red Cross volunteers while helping evacuees and emergency workers during the California Wildfires. Click through to see caption and credit info.      

Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Weekly Worldwide Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you… [The place names link to maps so that you can get a quick idea of the region.] SENEGAL: Severe flooding has affected hundreds of people, spreading sewage and sorrow [...]

H1N1: Elmo and Gordon have advice for you

Sesame Street joins the fight against swine flu!

California Wildfires Update

Boston.com’s The Big Picture has an amazing selection of photos from the wildfires burning in California. You can follow the Red Cross’s response activities to this fire on our Disaster Online Newsroom. We also suggest following @preparela @ocredcross @sv_redcross and @sbredcross for local tweets.