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On the Ground in Nepal and the Philippines

This post was written in September 2015 by Niki Clark, a member of the American Red Cross’s international communications team who was deployed to Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in April. I am boarding a plane to Tacloban—a city on the island of Leyte, in the Philippines. It’s one of […]

International Collaboration Key to Disaster Response

Written by Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Red Cross As I write this blog, our thoughts are with the people of Mexico and our partners at the Mexican Red Cross: Cruz Roja Mexicana.  Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, is forecast to make landfall in Mexico […]

Boots on the Ground for the Red Cross

Post by Patricia Kemp, Communications Manager helping with the Red Cross flood response in South Carolina As flood waters began to rise in South Carolina, U. S. Navy Officer Travis Akers packed his bags like he was heading into combat. On a mission to help, he recruited his Navy buddies, Lt. Zachary Bowen and Lt. Robert Council. […]

Social Media Savvy Mom “Likes” Red Cross in Times of Emergency

Written by Patricia Kemp, communications manager, American Red Cross Tina Branham was at home with her three kids October 3 when the rain began to fall. She logged into Facebook to check out the social media chatter. Severe weather was the hot topic in South Carolina. The rain was relentless and water started to rise on […]

Straight Talk on the California Wildfire Response

There have been several misunderstandings about the Red Cross and our response to the California wildfires, and we believe it is important to state the facts as clearly as possible. Like you, these are our communities and we care deeply about the people driven from their homes by these terrible fires, especially those who have […]

Communities Come Together in the Face of Devastating Fires

Red Cross worker, Jordan Scott, does some coloring with 8 year old April Vazquez, at the Red Cross shelter in Kelseyville, CA. April and her family evacuated their home due to the ongoing Valley Fire burning in Lake County One week. It’s a long time to be away from home. Typically there’s an element of […]

On the Ground Perspective: Lone Star Response

Post by Richard Reed, Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services They say everything is bigger in Texas. They aren’t kidding. I’m writing to you from here in the Lone Star state. I came to see the operation in action and to spend time with the volunteers and employees who are putting in serious overtime helping […]

The Digital Disaster Response

Post by Nigel Holderby, Public Affairs Volunteer  There are many aspects of disaster response. From shelter operations including caseworkers, driving a feeding truck, and managing the distribution of clean up supplies, all the way up to the operation headquarters. There is one thing that is connected to, and connects, everything: Communication. Currently, there are more than […]

Blown Away: A Volunteer Story from Nepal

By Glen and Julie Bradley, American Red Cross IT/Telecoms disaster volunteers currently in Nepal My little yellow tent sailed off the cliff where I had slept the night before.  I couldn’t stake it down because of the rockface, so I left my duffle inside as an anchor against the strong winds whipping up from the […]

Connecting Nepal: A Report from IT/Telecoms Volunteers

Written by Julie Bradley, IT/Telecommunications volunteer with the American Red Cross Emergency Relief Unit in Nepal When the dogs wake you up at night with frantic barking, it might be time to put on your shoes and get ready to run. So far, dogs have been reliable indicators of aftershocks ranging from ‘mild’ to ‘Let’s exit […]