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Debunking a Red Cross Ebola Myth

If you’re online regularly, you can see some unusual and often outrageous claims, especially involving big topics in the news. Lately, you may have seen a ridiculous rumor about the Red Cross purposely spreading Ebola in African nations. The Red Cross and Red Crescent network across the globe does amazing work to respond to disasters [...]

Home Fire Campaign: Week 1 Wrap Up

The American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is striving to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fores, and we’ve already made an impact. Over the weekend in Georgia, a Red Cross chapter and Boy Scout Troop went through many neighborhoods,installing fire alarms in the homes that were missing them. Later [...]

Face Your Fears Day: A Confession

My mother likes to tell the story of one summer day when I was about five years old, living in the tiny town of Marengo, Ohio. It was a windy day – enough to move the tree branches and leaves, but not enough to indicate a storm or any other danger. Mom recounts how I [...]

Fire Alarm Fails: Part 1, Dance Party

We all remember those times a shrill, repetitive alarm interrupted a normal day — you burn your dinner, and the smoke alarms go off. You’re in a high school English class, and have to trudge outside in the rain for a fire drill. No matter if it’s a minor mishap or a drill, what a [...]

Quiz: Are You Prepared for a Home Fire?

The stats seem dire: 7 people die and 36 people are injured every single day from home fires. Over $7 billion in property damage occurs each year due to home fires. We all learned “stop, drop and roll” if you are on fire, but what else can we do to prepare for the worst? This [...]

Fall Favorites in the New Season

It’s the first day of fall in 2014, and even if you’re sad the temperature is dropping, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate. Here are some things we’re really looking forward to this season. Let us know if we forgot anything! Visiting a local farm to pick pumpkins and apples. Picking out the [...]

Living in the Unknown

I was devastated when I learned about the outbreak of the King Fire and the mind blowing increase in size. I grew up in Pollock Pines and Placerville, CA, so all of the areas that are burning are my childhood stomping grounds. Some of the shelters that housed local residents were located in local schools…schools [...]

Thunder and Frightening

Schools across the country are back in session, and with the first weeks of class come first fire and severe weather drills. (Some scheduled, some not…during my kids’ first week of school a little kindergartener accidentally initiated a school-wide evacuation and all students received a quick but important lesson about when and when not to [...]

QUIZ: Do You Actually Know How to Swim?

For the past 100 years, we’ve been helping millions of kids, teens and adults learn how to swim and become lifeguards and instructors. This year, the American Red Cross launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years. The new Red [...]

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Back to School for College Students

During the elementary, middle, and high school years, much of the responsibility for students’ health and safety belongs to teachers, administrators, and school nurses. Staff members know CPR, basic first aid, and how to use an AED. Staff members know where to find the AED, how to evacuate students from the building, and where to [...]