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Postcard from the Houston Floods: Cruz Roja Mexicana is Here!

Cruz Roja Mexicana is in the house! Since Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross has become a close partner with its sister society from Mexico. While separate organizations, the two nonprofits are part of an international federation that offers mutual support and aid. As Houston residents reel from the third major flood in less than a […]

Twitter Offers Relief for Family in Ireland Worried About Colorado Fire Victim

This post originally appeared on a Red Cross chapter blog, Colorado Stories. By Patricia Billinger  In today’s information age, news travels fast about disasters happening all over the world. Less than 24 hours after a fire forced more than 130 seniors to evacuate from an apartment building in Littleton, Colorado, family in Ireland had already […]

Two Ways Technology Helps Red Cross Earthquake Response

American Red Cross disaster relief has taken on many forms since our inception in 1881, when Clara Barton dispatched two men to help distribute relief goods and cash for victims of a Michigan forest fire. Fast forward more than 130 years, and we’re still using whatever means necessary to provide support and relief to disaster victims, sometimes even to disasters […]

Houston Residents Face Disaster Fatigue After Second Flood in a Year

Lindsay Ellard and her family had just moved back into their house after flood waters had destroyed her home in May of 2015, many of their belongings were still in boxes. Lindsay recalls that their infant daughter, who was 6 months old at the time of the May floods, saved their lives by crying as […]

Surviving Disaster for the Second Time

Written by Stefanie Arcangelo, American Red Cross for Texas Gulf Coast Blog At 1:45 a.m. on March 10, 2016, Stacey Kellum and her family were watching the creek, fed by the Sabine River, near their home. The creek was rising, but didn’t appear to be a threat. The family was awoken at 3 a.m. by […]

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 […]