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Is there a Shark in Your Pool?

By: Angela Beale, Ph.D. American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council  As a mother of four young children and an aquatics education specialist, I know first-hand that there’s nothing kids love more than a trip to the pool. But did you know that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), [...]

A Quick Swimming Lesson

By: Connie Harvey, Director American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program  If you watch people around a pool, most seem to be comfortable around the water. If you ask them about their swimming skills, most are pretty confident in their abilities. The American Red Cross recently asked people about just that- their swimming skills. Nearly 80% [...]

You Have 5 Minutes to Evacuate…

Imagine this scenario… You look outside your house and see this: Within two minutes, a firetruck is rolling down your street announcing a mandatory evacuation for the area and you have five minutes to get out of your house. You have five minutes…what do you take? Now, this can easily turn into an episode of [...]

Getting It Right: Flood Myth vs. Fact

There are lots of myths out there about what’s ok during a flood, and sometimes simply uninformed decisions. That’s why the Red Cross works to share information and help ensure people are prepared for disasters of all kinds. Even just two feet of water can float most vehicles and, if the water is moving quickly, [...]

Know the Difference: Warnings and Watches

With last night’s slew of damaging storms, and the next few days looking very dangerous for many parts of the country, we wanted to share a quick set of definitions to help you. Information for Tornadoes Tornado Watch – Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and [...]

When Compassion Meets Compression

As a new Red Cross employee, getting trained in the basics of CPR, AEDs and first aid were at the top of my list. I headed to Fort Belvoir this month to the on-site Red Cross chapter. (P.S., if you don’t know about the work the Red Cross does with the military, check it out!) My [...]

Coastal Towns Prep Tourists for Tsunami Threats

Editor’s note: Jenelle Eli traveled last week to coastal Ecuador, where the American Red Cross prepares communities for emergencies and disasters.   Familiar phrases every person hears before going on a trip: Call me when you land. Don’t walk by yourself at night. Please just be careful. Whether I’m traveling for work or hitting the [...]

An Unexpected Consequence of Disaster Planning

That’s a pretty downer blog title, right? With the two moderate earthquakes that hit Southern California this in the past few weeks, I was asked to write a blog post about earthquake preparedness – the task seemed simple enough until my husband and I started diving into some serious planning questions. I went through the [...]

Tips to Keep That Winter Workout Fun

This blog post is from Andrew MacPherson, MD Member, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council Pop Quiz! Name those Olympic injury owners (answers at the bottom): 1) Which US snowboarder separated her shoulder while practicing her moves on the half pipe? 2) Who was hit by a speeding bobsled? 3) What famous Russian skater pulled [...]

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 [...]