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On the Ground in Nepal and the Philippines

This post was written in September 2015 by Niki Clark, a member of the American Red Cross’s international communications team who was deployed to Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in April. I am boarding a plane to Tacloban—a city on the island of Leyte, in the Philippines. It’s one of […]

International Collaboration Key to Disaster Response

Written by Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Red Cross As I write this blog, our thoughts are with the people of Mexico and our partners at the Mexican Red Cross: Cruz Roja Mexicana.  Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, is forecast to make landfall in Mexico […]

How Fire Sensors are Making a Difference in Kenyan, South African Communities

This post was written by Abi Weaver, Director of the Global Technology Project, American Red Cross. Earlier this year, we extended the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign overseas. And given this month’s focus on fire prevention, we wanted to update you on our progress. This July, we announced partnerships with two sensor manufacturers—Lumkani and […]

This Is Measles

Emmi Herman is a children’s author and a presenter at the 2015 Measles & Rubella Initiative meeting, which is going on this week at the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington D.C. Below is transcript of Emmi’s speech, a compelling and powerful firsthand perspective of the devastation measles can bring. Good afternoon. My name is […]

Moving forward in Carrefour-Feuilles, Haiti

This post was written by Michael de Vulpillieres, a member of the communications team at the American Red Cross Greater NY Region chapter. This past June, Michael traveled to Port-au-Prince to learn more about Red Cross programs in Haiti and to support the local Red Cross office. For more photos from Michael’s visit to Carrefour-Feuilles, click […]

Generation Y and IHL: Why Should Millennials Care?

Post by  Jessica Lach, IHL Youth Education Intern. Originally posted on the Humanity in War blog. Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and the mid-2000s, are said to be full of complexities and firsts. Born in 1994, I consider myself a true millennial because I check most of the required boxes: I had Internet access during my formative years […]

North Carolina Volunteer Helps Burn Victim in Haiti

The Triangle region of the American Red Cross has more than 1,400 volunteers across 53 counties in North Carolina. In 2010, Alex Alexis was the only volunteer in North Carolina who was deployed to Haiti following the deadly earthquake. As a registered nurse and a Haitian, Alexis helped many who were hurt including Eriek Louis, […]

“Life Changing” Work in Nepal

by Anne Reynolds Anne was deployed as part of a joint American Red Cross/Danish Emergency Relief Unit to help support distribution of cash and relief items following the earthquake in Nepal.  Nepal has always been a place that I wanted to visit, but until now I had never made the trip. Like most Red Crossers, […]

11 Ways Wearable Technology Can Do Good in Disasters

Post by Abi Weaver, director of the Global Technology Project Every so often, we have to pay homage to a good old-fashioned Buzzfeed-esque “top 10” list. Or, in this case, 11. Today, we count down the many ways wearable technology can do good in disasters. And by wearable technology we mean mini computers and sensors […]

The Real Story of the 6 Homes in Haiti: Answering Your Questions

This piece was written by David Meltzer, Chief International Officer of the American Red Cross. He has traveled to Haiti more than 20 times—both before and after the earthquake— including in the days after the disaster struck. Our objective in all of our humanitarian work is to alleviate suffering of those in need—particularly those most […]