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An Open Letter to Marcel the Shell with Shoes on

Note: If you haven’t seen the video gem that is “MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON” (and that’s the full official name), you should watch this before perusing this open letter to Marcel. Here is the recently released part three:   Dear Marcel, We were totally thrilled to see your latest interview posted on YouTube, [...]

A Millennial Gives a Thumbs Up to New Social Giving Survey

I’m just going to come out and say what I sometimes feel I’m generally judged for. I’m a millennial! I text while I walk; I Snapchat a selfie; I express my emotional sorrow in an emoji; and I even shamelessly check the number of hearts I receive on Instagram. But you know what? Today I’m [...]

Fire in the Hole! (erm, Kitchen!)

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 [...]

Monsters!!!

Earlier this month the American Red Cross launched a brand new preparedness app called Monster Guard, the goal of which is to help children between the ages of 7 and 11 learn how to prevent emergencies and respond to natural and manmade disasters. I happen to have an 8-year-old son, so this past weekend I [...]

Save the World: Make Missing Maps

This post was written by Dale Kunce, Senior Geospatial Engineer and GIS Team Lead at the American Red Cross. Dale is spearheading the American Red Cross’s involvement in the Missing Maps project. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 11 months, I don’t need to remind you that it’s been a rough [...]

What ProPublica and NPR Won’t Tell You About the Red Cross

Laura Howe, Vice President, Public Relations ProPublica and NPR have been hyping their sensationalized attack on the Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy, in distortion-filled stories that are the result of months of reporting that sought only to find negative information. Both of these pieces blatantly disregard the fact that hundreds of thousands of people [...]

American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories

This morning, NPR and ProPublica published stories detailing criticisms of the Red Cross response to Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac. The matrix below documents information provided to these news outlets that was omitted in their reporting.   Myth Fact The American Red Cross cares more about its image and reputation than providing service to those in [...]

2 Minute Fire Drill: Can You Escape?

120 seconds. Two minutes. That’s how much time fire experts agree that you may have to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. The Johnson family has the drill down: Did you catch everything they did? Make a fire escape plan with two exits out of every room. Practice your fire [...]

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 [...]