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App Review: Emergency!

Throughout the last year I’ve navigated through a number of American Red Cross apps. Until recently there were 12, and while each one provided valuable information about preventing, preparing for, and/or responding to emergencies, I simply didn’t have enough storage space on my phone for all of them. In the end I narrowed the list, [...]

HOW TO: Set Emergency Alerts on the New App

Emergencies are stressful. We lose sleep when dangerous thunderstorms, tornadoes, earthquakes or wildfires hit close to home, but also when they threaten areas of the country where our loved ones live. Luckily, a new app, Emergency by the American Red Cross, includes a helpful tool to monitor multiple locations for watches and warnings of all kinds. The [...]

Students Become Teachers with the Pillowcase Project

According to a recent poll conducted informally among several adult friends, approximately zero percent had their act together and knew what they would do in the event of an emergency. Granted, this survey was conducted at a social gathering where the priorities were eating and avoiding conversation with that boring preparedness guy. Fair enough. However, [...]

Our Home Fires Preparedness Campaign is expanding…to Kenya

By Abi Weaver, Global Technology Project Director, American Red Cross Last weekend, volunteers in Omaha walked door-to-door, helping families install and test smoke alarms as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign,  which aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years.  More than 8,400 miles [...]

Puppy Preparedness: 9 Tips to Keep Your Pets Warm and Safe This Winter

A version of this was originally written by Matthew Hurst, the  American Red Cross Greater NY Region blog Raise your hand if you knew last Friday was Love Your Pet Day. Now, raise your hand if it was so cold out you used your cat as a foot warmer and your dog as an extra [...]

What’s in Your Car?: A Winter Emergency Kit Review

Growing up in Georgia, the occasional snow/ice storm was a treat. It meant no school and time to play outside, sit inside and catch up on movies and TV shows or sleep. Fast forward to adult life and living in Washington, D.C., I’ve found snow days aren’t the way they used to be. When I [...]

“The city that refused to die”

When the Sixaola river dam collapsed in Guabito, Panama, the community was wrecked by severe flooding. But through hard work and perseverance, the town survived and thrived, prompting a local Red Cross volunteer to dub it, “the city that refused to die.” The American Red Cross works in Guabito and other disaster-prone communities across Latin [...]

Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come [...]

2015 Resolutions: 3 Ideas from the Red Cross

With the new year, comes a new you! But for many of us, New Year’s resolutions don’t always pan out.  We try to lose weight, get to the gym more or even take up a hobby. But the changes become overwhelming by day 3 (or is that just me?). If you’re looking for new resolutions, [...]

Could Your Family Survive a Home Fire? (VIDEO)

Yesterday, the TODAY show aired a segment with startling statistics about home fires. Eighty-two percent of families have never practiced a fire drill in their home so they don’t know what to do if their house caught on fire. The video below puts one Connecticut family to the test to see if they know how [...]