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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 [...]

No More Frozen Pipes — 5 Easy Tips to Follow This Winter

Here’s 5 easy steps to prevent frozen pipes this winter: Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. When the weather is very [...]

Preparing for Disasters in Colombia

Editor’s note: Jenelle Eli does international communications for the American Red Cross. She and her team will be blogging from Colombia for the next few weeks.  Today I met Daniel—the guy who knows exactly what do if an earthquake strikes. And I watched Manuela, a Red Cross volunteer for more than five years, lead kids [...]

Sara—the Search and Rescue Dog—and her Game of Fetch

Editor’s note: This post was written by Jana Sweeny, the American Red Cross’s Director of International Communications. Jana and her team are traveling around Colombia this week, visiting communities made safer by the global Red Cross network.   As we walk into the Colombian Red Cross training center in Pereira, a yellow lab comes bouncing [...]

Empowering Generation Prepared

From Lisa Matheson, Disaster Public Affairs Volunteer, Georgia Three Rivers Chapter The “Boss Bots” is a team of nine students from Carrollton Middle School, in Carrollton, Georgia who competed in the FIRST® LEGO® League, a global initiative to encourage students ages 9-14 to learn about science and engineering by programming an autonomous robot made of [...]

How To: Survive a (yet another) Snow Day

This post came to us from two Red Crossers. Anne Marie Borrego (AMB in this story) from DC and Carrie Carlson-Guest (CCG) from Minnesota School is out yet again, and with dangerous roadways, I’m stuck, I mean, here, at home with my 8-year-old son, and I’d prefer to keep him away from the iPad and [...]