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Seven Tips for Preventing the Flu

Marie Etienne, DNP, ARNP, PLNC is the chair of the International Nursing Committee of the American Red Cross. She is a specialist in family and pediatric nursing and is a professor of nursing at Miami Dade College.  Flu season is upon us, and now is the time to take steps that will help you avoid [...]

No Tricks, Lots of Treats: Halloween Safety

Ah, Halloween. The time of the year to let your creativity and pop culture aptitude shine. In fact, our favorite unofficial mascot, Clarence Barton, went all in this year: Millions of us will take to the streets (er, sidewalks. Safety first!) to collect oodles of delicious treats. And most of us know some basic tips, [...]

QUIZ: Do You Actually Know How to Swim?

For the past 100 years, we’ve been helping millions of kids, teens and adults learn how to swim and become lifeguards and instructors. This year, the American Red Cross launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years. The new Red [...]

Rip Currents – What Lies Beneath

By Dr. Peter G. Wernicki As Hurricane Cristobal moves slowly up the Atlantic and Hurricane Marie tears through the Pacific, they are bringing high surf to vacation spots along both coasts and tempting surfers and adventurous swimmers to run headlong into the beckoning waves. But it’s easy to forget that beneath those breakers there may [...]

Sometimes Heroes Wear Crowns

By Scott E. Toncray, APR Hayley Lewis, 21, Miss Tennessee 2014 recently preformed lifesaving skills she learned from being an American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard. A fellow pageant contestant choked on a piece of chicken and Lewis’ instincts kicked in enabling her to clear the airway of the other contestant who is also her friend. [...]

Technology: Disrupting Disaster Response since 1881

By Dom Tolli, Preparedness, Health and Safety Services Back in 1881, the American Red Cross used the telegraph for the first time to transmit disaster information during a forest fire in Michigan. I have hunch that someone at the time probably thought the telegraph was fad and that only “the young people” were into it. [...]

Don’t Be Left in The Dark: What to Do When The Power Goes Out

By: Dom Tolli,  VP Preparedness Health and Safety Services  We all know power outages are miserable, especially if they drag on for hours or days.  While you can take steps to keep yourself comfortable-like having fully charged phones and backup power for your electronic devices-there are some steps you must do that will keep you [...]

How To: Survive a (yet another) Snow Day

This post came to us from two Red Crossers. Anne Marie Borrego (AMB in this story) from DC and Carrie Carlson-Guest (CCG) from Minnesota School is out yet again, and with dangerous roadways, I’m stuck, I mean, here, at home with my 8-year-old son, and I’d prefer to keep him away from the iPad and [...]

The Top 5 Things to Do When A Winter Storm is Approaching

By:  Dominick Tolli,  VP Preparedness Health and Safety Services,  American Red Cross When a winter storm is on the way your first inclination might be to get to the store and load up on the comfort foods that are going to get you through the next several days. With the clock ticking, if you can [...]

Mobile Clinics in Haiti Help Pregnant Women Stay Healthy

Editor’s note: This post was written by Patrick Robin, a Senior Program Officer for the American Red Cross team carrying out projects in Haiti. Patrick previously lived in Haiti for two years and feels a special commitment to helping people recover and thrive from the January 2010 earthquake. On a recent trip to the north [...]