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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 […]

Three Lessons for Nepal From Haiti (The Huffington Post)

David Meltzer, Chief International Officer of the American Red Cross, penned an article for the Huffington Post this week with vivid stories and important lessons from his many trips to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Here’s a quick excerpt: When news broke of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal, I had just returned from my […]

When Disasters Strike, Cash Is Best

When disasters strike, the first thing people want to know is “How can I help?” As a Red Crosser working in international communications, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is to see how people come together after tragedy, like the recent earthquake in Nepal, wanting to simply help in any way they […]

A Red Cross Insider Look: Tweets From Nepal

Many of you are wondering what the Red Cross is doing in Nepal after the earthquake. Today, we created a new way to see what’s happening on the ground. Field assessment teams have arrived in Nepal to obtain a more accurate assessment of the destruction. Eight American Red Cross disaster specialists are mobilized to Nepal […]

When Disasters Happen: Family Links for the Nepal Earthquake

Post by Lisa Ghali, LMSW, International Caseworker for Europe and Asia at the American Red Cross  When disasters happen, people’s first reaction is usually to think about family or friends. Maybe they were affected. Are they ok? They contact them by phone or through social media only to discover that their loved one isn’t responding. Thoughts […]