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Four Things to Know Before Heading to Your Spring Break Destination

Post by Greta Gustafson, American Red Cross intern As winter drags on, getting away to somewhere warm over spring break is top of mind for most students. As a college student myself, I understand the need to clear your mind with a beach vacation all too well. For many of us, this will be our […]

First Aid App: the Cure for Cabin Fever

Shoveling snow? School closed? Making snow angels? Whether you are heading back into civilization or still hibernating, the American Red Cross First Aid App is an excellent resource for you to have on hand for winter emergencies. The free app includes step-by-step instructions, videos and animations on how to handle a variety of first aid situations, from […]

How Our Preparedness Kit Taught Me to Re-Define Disaster

By Leigh-Anne Dennison, American Red Cross Communicator After moving into our own first house, I brought to a happy corner of our finished basement my ready-made backpack preparedness kit and a large plastic bin. Over the course of a few weeks, as we moved around and unpacked boxes, I filled the bin with all the things […]

5 Cooking Safety Tips to be Thankful For

Written by Greta Gustafson, Media Relations Intern, American Red Cross During my last Thanksgiving at home my family’s tiny kitchen was filled with more than 20 people immersed in the chaos of cooking, snacking and catching up. Among the laughter and conversation, there was a loud crash and a profane exclamation from my dad. Everyone […]

Candy, Costumes and Candles: 6 Tips to Stay Safe this Halloween

Written by Greta Gustafson, Media Relations Intern, American Red Cross  Halloween blends scary and fun together to create the ultimate holiday; candy, ghosts and ghouls, and staying up late are all pretty hard to beat. The best part of Halloween, for me, was always carving Jack-O-Lanterns. As a kid, I remember searching for the perfect pumpkin until my […]

How Fire Sensors are Making a Difference in Kenyan, South African Communities

This post was written by Abi Weaver, Director of the Global Technology Project, American Red Cross. Earlier this year, we extended the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign overseas. And given this month’s focus on fire prevention, we wanted to update you on our progress. This July, we announced partnerships with two sensor manufacturers—Lumkani and […]

Are You Prepared to Fend off Disaster Bullies?

Nobody likes a bully. They come in and seem to do whatever it takes to disrupt your life and make things difficult. In that respect, bullies and a disasters have a lot in common. They’re mean, aren’t too concerned about your feelings, and they can often come out of nowhere to cause chaos. However, being […]

The Surviving Survival Kit

My 7th grade academic year included, courtesy of a forward-thinking social studies teacher, a month-long unit on emergency preparedness. We researched different kinds of disasters, gave presentations on how to prepare for these disasters, and wrote papers about how to respond to the less serious and survive the potentially devastating. Most memorably, however, we assembled […]

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 […]