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Tips to Stay Strong After the Orlando Shooting

The news out of Orlando this weekend was met with shock and disbelief across the world. While it may be tempting to stay focused on the TV or social media, it’s important to turn away from the screen now and then and connect with each other. So how do you deal with the aftermath of the shooting […]

Why I Can Relax This Summer, Even with a New Baby

I’m your typical embarrassingly-cautious and overprotective first-time mom. When we visited our friend’s lake house over Memorial Day weekend I was nervous about, well… everything. I didn’t pack enough pants for myself each day because my suitcase was filled with my baby’s gear. And even so, we found ourselves in need of a long-sleeved, long […]

First Aid App: the Cure for Cabin Fever

Shoveling snow? School closed? Making snow angels? Whether you are heading back into civilization or still hibernating, the American Red Cross First Aid App is an excellent resource for you to have on hand for winter emergencies. The free app includes step-by-step instructions, videos and animations on how to handle a variety of first aid situations, from […]

Cover Your Mouth, Please

Like many who work in the Washington D.C. area and in other major cities around the country, I find commuting to be a bit challenging at times. In recent weeks I’ve contended with everything from missed trains, to delays on the Metro, to sitting next to someone who is coughing without covering their mouth. My commutes seem to be […]

Digital Art Expo: Kids Weigh in on Swimming and Lifeguarding

We asked kids in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade why they thought swim lessons and lifeguard training are important. Check out how the kids showed their support and enthusiasm for swim lessons and lifeguard training – we love their drawings! (And don’t miss the latest on our training and certification for extreme shallow water rescue, especially […]

Centennial Campaign: Year 2 Swimmers Diving In

Post by Connie Harvey, Director of the Red Cross Centennial Initiative I’m so proud of the Red Cross for honoring the organization’s 100-year history of teaching lifesaving and water safety in such a significant way with its Centennial Campaign. Now in its second year – still an early stage of the five-year quest to reduce drowning […]

Safety Quiz: Are You Prepared for Your Next Vacation?

With less than a month left of summer, many families are getting ready to take one final vacation. Staying in a hotel on vacation can bring a lot of added benefits (e.g. a warm bed to sleep in at night, continental breakfasts and room service).  However, a disaster can strike anywhere at anytime — even your […]

Summer Safety Myths, Busted! (New Podcast)

  Check Out Education Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Barton Report on BlogTalkRadio   The Barton Report from the American Red Cross has summer safety on our minds. In this episode, don’t miss: Quiz with our intern, Sam, on heat and severe weather safety. Stories from Meghan, a Red Cross volunteer, on her personal Red […]

Pizza Guy Delivers! Recognized for Saving Stranger’s Life

Post by Patricia Billinger, originally published on Colorado Stories. Google “pizza delivery guy CPR” and you’ll come across dozens of news articles from all over the country about Anson Lemmer, a 19-year-old who saved a stranger’s life using the CPR skills he first learned through Red Cross babysitter training when he was just turning into a teenager. […]

Jumping the Shark – A Sharknado-Inspired Blog Post

Note: These are fictional rules about a real movie, with some real Red Cross tips snuck in. We hope you never encounter a sharknado, but that you ARE prepared for emergencies. The thought of a sharknado, either real or imagined, is terrifying. Having survived two movies with a third on the way, we’ve had a […]