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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 [...]

From the Archives: Hurricane Response

This post was written by Kristen Rowley, Historical Programs intern. The first storm of hurricane season has come and gone. While experts are expecting a fairly mild season, it is important to recognize that even a mild season can easily wield a devastating storm. The Red Cross has over 120 years of experience dealing with [...]

Know the Difference: Warnings and Watches

With last night’s slew of damaging storms, and the next few days looking very dangerous for many parts of the country, we wanted to share a quick set of definitions to help you. Information for Tornadoes Tornado Watch – Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and [...]

Coping with the Fort Hood Tragedy

This post was co-written written by Liz Fielden, Associate and Diane Manwill, LPC LMFT LCPC-S, Senior Associate, Mental Health for Services to the Armed Forces department at the National Headquarters in DC.  In the wake of yesterday’s tragic event at Ft. Hood, Texas, our hearts go out to all members of the military community stationed [...]

“The Stars” Align to Spread Hope on #GivingTuesday

Today, the stars are aligned. At the Red Cross, we are fortunate to work with our celebrity donors and volunteers, as well as many television and film partners.  Each day, they bring us creative ideas about how to alleviate suffering and save lives through the powerful and creative influence of the entertainment industry.  They sing [...]

Red Cross in Sim City: Virtual Disaster Responders Help Your Town

One of the great things about the Red Cross mission is that it intersects with so many different worlds and communities. Recently, EA, the makers of Sim City, found a creative way to bring some humanitarian spirit into their virtual worlds: they added Red Cross buildings to the game, so that Sims can respond to [...]

Hurricane Sandy Memories

Red Cross volunteer Catherine Barde gives a hot meal and a hug to a Staten Island resident. A year ago today, I was headed to work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s pass through the Washington, DC area. The scene around me was dreary, with rain and windswept branches and leaves littering the streets. I [...]

Prepare Your Pets for Disaster

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matthew Bershadker, the President & CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Learn more about the ASPCA’s mission and programs at ASPCA.org. As we approach the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we should be mindful of what we lost, but also [...]