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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 [...]

Seven Solid Ways to Stay Safe When the Temperature Drops

Winter has arrived with freezing temperatures and snowstorms in many parts of the nation. Now is the time to ensure you and your family are prepared for the next round of sub-zero temperatures and possible power outages. Here are the American Red Cross top tips for keeping safe when the snow flies and the deep [...]


By: Stephen Glockenheimer,  Vice President, Preparedness, Health and Safety Services, Product Development at the American Red Cross President Obama has signed into law a bill that provides incentives for schools to store on hand lifesaving epinephrine — medicine critical for students and school staff who experience a life-threatening allergic emergency. This type of emergency, medically [...]

“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 [...]

World AIDS Day: Doan Thi Khuyen’s Story

Around the globe, nearly 34 million people are living with HIV. On this World AIDS Day, take a minute to get to know one of them—Doan Thi Khuyen. Strong-willed and full of hope, Doan Thi Khuyen and her son deal with discrimination every day. But their optimism helps them overcome the stigmas they face in [...]