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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 [...]

From the Archives – Motherland

Many are curious about the statue of a mother protectively embracing her child, located on the lawn outside the American Red Cross National Headquarters at 430 17th Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. “Motherland” is a bronze sculpture created by Armenian sculptor Frederic Sogoyan and given to the American Red Cross in 1991 as a gift [...]

HOW TO: Get Red Cross Twitter Alerts During Emergencies

Last week, Twitter announced a new, exciting feature called Twitter Alerts, which will give users the ability to sign up for critical updates from verified emergency sources. This means that during a natural disaster or other kind of public emergency, accounts like local law enforcement, emergency management agencies, or response/aid organizations can push potentially life-saving [...]

Coping with the Navy Yard Shooting

This post was written by Liz Fielden, who is in the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces department at the National Headquarters in DC. Her focus is in mental health services for service members and their families. Follow her on Twitter at @fielden10910. The Red Cross is responding to those affected by the Navy Yard shooting. See [...]

Responding to Historical Floods in Colorado

In the past two days, Red Cross workers in Colorado have been responding to devastating flooding that has caused widespread damage and evacuations for thousands of people. Red Crossers from many other locations in the country have also traveled to Colorado to help with the relief effort, which involves sheltering, providing meals and water to [...]