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Measles & My Sister

Emmi S. Herman is a writer and children’s book author who lives in Searingtown, New York. She wrote this piece in response to American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern’s Op-Ed, Measles Vaccinations: Saving Millions of Lives.   The measles robbed the landscape of our wonder years, broke in like a burglar and stole a normal [...]

Remembering Our First Date

Written by Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross My husband Don and I enjoyed a very special moment together earlier this month.  In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, we celebrated our three decades-plus of marriage by commemorating the meal we shared together during our first date. Don was new [...]

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 [...]