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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 [...]

The Journey from Arm to Arm — Wynonna & Cactus’ story

Blood donations help millions of patients in need.  To make the journey from “arm to arm,” every unit goes through so many steps and tests to ensure that it is as safe as can be. After finding a blood donation opportunity, and going through a short health history questionnaire and mini-physical, the Red Cross collects [...]

Sometimes Simpler is Better

Last summer I spent a good 90 minutes crafting and giving a demonstration – using 10 pints of water, red food coloring, matchbox cards, and a Red Cross testing facility built out of Legos – that I hoped would provide my then-six-year-old son with a comprehensive understanding of the blood donation process. The demonstration worked, [...]

Don’t Drink the Water

More than half a million people in parts of Ohio and Michigan had no water over the weekend due to toxins from algae in Lake Erie and the American Red Cross distributed water in the affected counties. Red Cross chapters in Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan set up free water distribution sites throughout the affected [...]

Red Cross Preparedness Tips. Because Sharknado.

Last year, no one knew quite what to expect from Syfy’s Sharknado. Turns out, there was plenty of fodder to go around for disaster preparedness tips and debunking weather myths. This time, before the sharknado hits New York on Thursday, make sure you’ve got your preparedness tips down pat. Know: Lightning can strike 10-15 miles away [...]

Humanitarianism in Action: Gaza and Israel

What does it mean to be a Red Cross Red Crescent volunteer in a war zone? It means remaining neutral, impartial, and humane. And all too often, it means putting your life at risk. This weekend, two Palestine Red Crescent volunteers were killed while providing humanitarian assistance. Volunteers in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank [...]

Gas or Charcoal?

The Washington Post‘s Wonkblog recently covered Americans’ growing penchant for gas grills. But we’re sure some of you still love a good charcoal-fueled cookout. Whatever your grilling style, the American Red Cross has tips to help keep you, your family and your home safe. For charcoal enthusiasts: Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already [...]

I Think The Onion Has a Crush On Us…

I’m a huge fan of The Onion – it’s a great place to get some fake news and a giggle or two. However, I have recently noticed a growing trend of Red Cross specific articles… Allow me to present the following evidence showing that The Onion may in fact, have a not-so-secret crush on the [...]

Capturing the Hearts of American Teens with International Humanitarian Law

I think I may be turning into an IHL nerd (Does that exist? Like a band nerd?). I just got an e-book copy of the Geneva conventions. Soren, IHL Action Campaign Participant and New Roots Charter School Student via Facebook In a world of ever-decreasing attention spans and instant connectivity, it takes something special to [...]