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What We’re Reading

Red Cross begins massive SMS campaign in Port-au-Prince [ReliefWeb]
The Red Cross is this week sending hundreds of thousands of SMS across Port-au-Prince in an effort to help people prepare themselves for the hurricane season.

First Aid Kit [MySpace]
Swedish folk group aiming for hearts instead of charts. You can buy a physical first aid kit from us here.

Ella [YouTube]
This is the story of Ella, a Sierra Leone Red Cross Society employee.

Pakistan Floods [YouTube]
You can donate via American Red Cross

Wordless Wednesday [Heritage Zen]
World War I Red Cross volunteers standing in front of St. Mary’s Church (Our Lady of Czestochowa), in Worcester, MA.

Archives Reveal [Smithsonian Institute blog]
During World War I, Woodrow and Edith Wilson kept a flock of sheep on the White House grounds to save costs to cut the grass, The wool was also auctioned off to raise money for the Red Cross.

I can see the headline now… [Columbus Red Cross chapter blog]
I felt a strong responsibility to tell gawkers, including my own family, to find shelter instead of watching this funnel cloud turn up in the sky on a warm evening in August while vacationing on Lake Erie – I work for the Red Cross after all.

9 year old hero saves drowning brother [ABC]
A 9-year-old boy is being credited with saving his 2-year-old brother’s life in a swimming pool accident in Joliet, Illinois, thanks to a life-saving CPR class. Take a class today.

California to deploy nation’s first mass mobile alert system [Government Technology]
California and Sprint have officially joined forces to spearhead the nation’s first mass mobile alert system, which means warnings about terrorist attacks, wildfires, hurricanes, school shootings and other emergency situations could soon be at citizens’ fingertips.

A rare fire tornado filmed in Brazil [BBC]
A ‘fire tornado’ has been caught on camera in the Brazilian municipality of Aracatuba, caused by strong, dry winds that fanned wildfires. A whirlwind of flames spiralling several metres high danced across fields, bringing traffic to a halt on a nearby road, before it disappeared. The phenomenon followed weeks of drought which have sparked brush fires across the country.