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Thirty-Eight Years Later, She Remembers the Flood

Right before Easter in 1977, a record-breaking flood hit the Appalachia region. The USGS reports show ”heavy rains fell over…Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia during the period of April 2-5.” “In 1977, I was 9 years old,” said Tamara Martin. “My three brothers, sister, mother and I were living in the apartment complex in Ramsey, Virginia. The flood [...]

Fighting Ebola and Its Stigma in Liberia

This post was written by Jono Anzalone, an American Red Cross division disaster executive who is on a month-long deployment to Liberia with the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). It’s been three weeks since my plane landed in Liberia, where I’m helping the ICRC to put cash in the hands of families impacted [...]

Hitting the Pavement: Smoke Alarm Installations Across the Country

Nothing helps rally Red Cross chapters and communities across the country like a prodigious goal. And in October, that’s what the Red Cross laid out: Over the next five years, we want to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in the United States by as much as 25 percent. CAMPAIGN The home fire [...]

Haiti Earthquake: 5 Years On

Five years after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, many still feel the effects of the disaster: family members lost, injuries sustained, and the patchwork of their hometown forever changed. But Haitians haven’t been sitting still in the aftermath of the tragedy. Instead, they have spent the past five years rebuilding, recovering, and living with optimism for the future. [...]

Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 Years and a Lot of Mangrove Trees

This post was written by Jenelle Eli, a member of the American Red Cross international communications team.  “Just be sure not to wander off the path, okay? We want to avoid alligators.” This phrase reached my ears just moments before following a dozen Red Cross volunteers into waist-deep waters in Aceh, Indonesia. The “path” was [...]

Remembering the Indian Ocean Tsunami

This post was written by Jonathan Aiken, who manages the American Red Cross’s video team.   On Christmas night 2004 I was working at CNN International in Atlanta, anchoring newscasts that few, if anyone in America were watching. It’s not really a big night for TV viewing and CNN International wasn’t widely available in the [...]

Special Thanks to Our Volunteers, Employees and Donors During Sandy

By: Trevor Riggen, Vice President of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics, American Red Cross Next week marks the two-year anniversary of one of the largest responses in the long and proud history of this organization. It was a storm and challenge so unique that they had to come up with a new name just to [...]

It’s Still Raining in the Balkans, But Families Move Forward

This blog post was written by Wendy Brightman, a Red Cross volunteer who deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina to assist with cash distribution to families recovering from heavy flooding that occurred last spring. When she arrived a few weeks ago, it was still raining. September rains have continued to bring flooding to the same areas [...]

Initiation: The Bridge

This post was written by Melanie Pipkin Kozel, a member of the American Red Cross media team.    After nearly three years with the American Red Cross, I have been sent on my first big deployment to the Philippines to document how the Red Cross is helping those affected by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan. As [...]

From Desk to Disaster: Interns Train to Become Responders

By Liza Crawford, Media Relations Intern As a communications intern at the American Red Cross, I see stories every day about our volunteers responding to disasters. Their names are rarely mentioned, but their impact is clear. When a disaster strikes, the Red Cross is there, supporting those who have lost everything, providing them with basic necessities and [...]