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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 [...]

Chatting about Enterovirus D68

Dr. Thomas Kirsch is a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and is the national physician advisor for the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services.  He is deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A  new virus spreading across [...]

Congrats to the First “Centennial” Swimmers

This post was written by Connie Harvey, Director, Aquatics Centennial Initiatives. As a water safety instructor, nothing makes my day more than seeing a child who used to be afraid of the water have the confidence to dive into the deep end and swim to the other side. That’s why I jumped at the chance to [...]

Initiation: The Bridge

This post was written by Melanie Pipkin Kozel, a member of the American Red Cross media team.    After nearly three years with the American Red Cross, I have been sent on my first big deployment to the Philippines to document how the Red Cross is helping those affected by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan. As [...]

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 [...]