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Calling All Babysitters!

My first American Red Cross experience came at 11 years old when I enrolled in a Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course. Eager to earn a little extra spending money, I had plans to start caring for children in my neighborhood and knew I needed to prepare myself for whatever my charges might literally and figuratively […]

Playing Monster Guard Teaches Aryn About disasters

Post written by Lynette Nyman, originally posted on the American Red Cross Minnesota Region blog. Kids can learn just about anything these days. With help from the American Red Cross Monster Guard mobile app, they can learn about how to prepare for and respond to a variety of real-life emergencies, including tornadoes, floods, and other weather disasters. Take Aryn Gill […]

Fourth of July: Top 5 Tips for Fireworks, Grilling and Swimming

There’s no place better to celebrate Independence Day than Washington, D.C. — The crowds! The heat! The patriotism! (See how patriotic it looks? See all the people? Good stuff.) No matter if you’re heading to the National Mall this weekend or to a neighbor’s Fourth of July party, brush up on your firework, grilling and […]

6 Tips for Summer Road Trips: As Told by the One in the Backseat

Post by Sam Roth, American Red Cross Social Engagement Intern  Summer has officially started, and is arguably the greatest season of the year (at least to this Red Cross intern!). With summer comes warm days, sweet summer fruits, relaxing by the pool and family vacations. This summer, my family made the crazy decision to take a […]

5 Safety Tips for Grill Masters Readying to Fire up Their BBQ’s

Post by Kevin Wilkinson, Communications Intern The beginning of the summer is often filled with numerous ‘firsts’ – the first trip back to the beach, the first cannonball in the pool, the first ice cream truck spotting and the first picnic at the local park. With Memorial Day weekend only days away, Americans are getting […]

QUIZ: Test Your Swim Skills Before You Hit the Pool

You’ve spent years around the water – at the beach, your local pool, or maybe even a backyard pond. You may love splashing around with your floaties, or maybe just tanning on the sidelines. But if you’re in or around the water this summer, have you thought about the five basic swim safety skills that could […]

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 […]