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The Ultimate Guide for Winter Weather Safety

As a winter storm threatens millions of people along the East Coast, the Red Cross has winter storm tips to help you ride out the storm safely. (And if you don’t have an emergency kit together, start with that!) In your house: If there’s a power outage, go to a designated public shelter to stay warm.  [...]

Seven Tips for Preventing the Flu

Marie Etienne, DNP, ARNP, PLNC is the chair of the International Nursing Committee of the American Red Cross. She is a specialist in family and pediatric nursing and is a professor of nursing at Miami Dade College.  Flu season is upon us, and now is the time to take steps that will help you avoid [...]

…and a Happy, Healthy New Year- Ebola Prevention Wishes for 2015

Catherine Kane is a senior communications officer for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Based in Geneva, she was recently deployed to Sierra Leone to support beneficiary communications initiatives as part of the Red Cross response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak. As we headed into a community in Freetown, Sierra Leone, [...]

What You Loved on Red Cross Social in 2014

As we close down 2014, we were going to cover the top 10 search terms you used to find our blog. But that basically simmered down to Captain Crunch, the Titanic, and squirrel photobombs. No joke. So instead, we dug into what social posts resonated with you this year. Was it the launch of our [...]

Twelve Days of Holiday Safety Tips

Editor’s note: Thanks to the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter for this holiday safety information. Having a busy time getting ready for the holidays? While you are shopping, baking, gift wrapping, decorating and going to parties, the American Red Cross has holiday safety tips to help keep the season safe, happy and bright. Prepare your vehicle [...]

Real Adventures in Babysitting

Grant Hansen is a Director, Product Development (First Aid/CPR/AED & Babysitting) for the American Red Cross. When the Red Cross put out a call for “so-bad-they’re-funny” babysitting stories, we got quite the response. It goes to show that when our Babysitting Basics and Advanced Child Care Training instructors tell sitters to be prepared for the [...]

Holiday Gifting That Matters

I start my holiday shopping in January. Yes, January. When I see something that I know one of my family members, friends, neighbors, or kids’ teachers would love, regardless of the time of year, I buy it right that very minute and store it until the following December. This shopping method keeps me ahead of [...]

Red Cross Counters Most Recent Media Stories Regarding Spending

We stand by the fact that an average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. Our financial statements are clear in this regard. Our costs are listed in those statements and have long been available on our website for transparency.  They are audited each [...]

What Not to Do: The Mindy Project Demonstrates Fire Safety

Thanks to one free week of Hulu Plus, I spent my Saturday evening doing all sorts of wonderful things. Namely, starting season 1, episode 1 of The Mindy Project. As happens to most Red Crossers, relevant safety lessons jump out of pop culture around every corner. Let’s take a moment to glean some critical fire [...]

Celebrities Star Struck by Young Philanthropist, Sophia on #GivingTuesday

For several years 15-year-old Sophia Greenwalt from Missouri has been raising money for people in need every month, by getting people to pay a dollar to wear a hat to school, one day out of the month. She calls it “Helping Hats.”  With a little help from local businesses that often match these donations, Sophia has [...]