National Dog Day

August 26, 2015


National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

Honor your pets today with a little affection and something great to eat!! :)

Remembering Katrina

August 25, 2015


Remembering Hurricane Katrina as it Made Landfall 10 Years Ago Today in Louisiana

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina reminds us that being prepared for disaster is a community-wide effort that includes organizations, businesses, individuals and families taking preparedness action. We must work together to build a more prepared and resilient community that can withstand, quickly respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies.

If disaster strikes, will you be ready?

Being Prepared is the Best Defense Against Disaster, so the American Red Cross encourages everyone to become better prepared.

Don’t know where to start?

The three keys to being prepared are to build a kit, make a plan and be informed.

Get A Kit includes food, water, essential medications, copies of important documents

and other basic supplies.

Make A Plan in case you are separated from your family, and what to do if you must evacuate.

Be informed about what disasters or emergencies may occur and how to respond.

Download the Red Cross Emergency App which puts help right in your hands. The App combines severe weather and emergency alerts. Search “Red Cross Emergency” in theApple App Store or Google Play Store.

No one can predict where or when the next disaster will strike, but getting ready now can help save lives when the time comes. For more information on how your family can prepare for disasters and other emergencies, visit

In an emergency, every second counts- that’s why it’s crucial to have a game plan!

Story Telling Tuesday:

August 18, 2015

Meet Shawn Marler


Shawn volunteers with American Red Cross Health & Safety, by training others and assisting the Red Cross team.  Shawn knows that he makes a real difference everyday and can see the impact of his work. He’s encouraged every time a participant shares their confidence in being able to respond to a first aid emergency. “It goes from training to real life”, he says “you see the participants gain experience in saving others, and it makes you feel good knowing they have real people in mind when they say “save a life.” And Shawn is right. These trainees have specific family members, neighbors, classmates, co-workers and clients who will be safer because of their Red Cross training. Shawn knows he will never meet all of the people who’s lives are saved, but he catches a glimpse of the impact, as each certified person walks out the door and back into the community. For that kind of change, Shawn. We say Thank You.

Story Telling Tuesday:

August 11, 2015

Meet Annie Bynum:

Annie Bynum is unlike most of Red Cross volunteers. She puts in time just like the rest of our dedicated patrons, but Annie is also a Certified Fork Lift Driver. She purchases everything needed; from office items, food & beverage, to clean up supplies. Everything included in the ERV that delivers to families, Annie is sitting behind the wheel. Most wouldn’t realize that this retired women serving 20+ years for Red Cross, has such a heavy duty job. And boy does she get the job done. Listen as she speaks on the Annual 2015 Meeting panel and talks about her experiences:

Calling All Babysitters!

August 4, 2015

Posted on by Erin Ferris

My first American Red Cross experience came at 11 years old when I enrolled in a Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course. Eager to earn a little extra spending money, I had plans to start caring for children in my neighborhood and knew I needed to prepare myself for whatever my charges might literally and figuratively throw at me.

The decision to become a babysitter ended up a great one, as it led to years of gainful summer and weekend employment and began me on my journey to a life-long partnership with the Red Cross.

25 years later, the Red Cross continues to offer babysitting courses to students ages 11 and older. The courses, available mainly online, provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children and to manage their own babysitting businesses.

The Babysitting Basics online course takes approximately 4 hours to complete and includes videos, interactive games, and downloadable resources covering basic caregiving skills (holding, carrying, diapering, feeding, bathing, etc.), what to do in emergency situations, how to play with children, how to interact with parents, and how to build a babysitting business. The course is designed for children between the ages of 11-15.

For those 16 and up, the Red Cross offers the online-only Advanced Child Care Training. This training features the latest in learning techniques – simulation learning – for an engaging format that students of this generation prefer.

My almost 9-year-old son, while still a little young for babysitting, loves to look out for his younger sister, cousins, and friends. I plan to enroll him in an online Red Cross babysitting course in a couple of years, knowing that along with learning how to care for younger children, he’ll learn how to deal with emergencies, the basics of building a business, and how to work with adults in a professional manner. Sounds like a pretty good introduction to real life responsibility!

Whether your future babysitter wants the Babysitting Basics course or the Advanced Child Care Training course for older, it is guaranteed to be a fun and educational course.

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Story Telling Tuesdays

August 4, 2015

MEET THOMAS HASKELL, An American Red Cross Volunteer:

Mr. Thomas Haskell was a vital part of our Life Safety and Asset Protection Team. This Branch of the Disaster Relief Volunteers had the responsibility of check in points, supply management, and daily location visits. From making sure he had constant interaction with local law enforcement and emergency teams, to assuring citizens were evacuated to shelters, Thomas and his colleagues made protecting the safety of clients and staff their number one priority. Listen as Thomas gives us his testimonial to his services:


“Life Changing” Work in Nepal

July 25, 2015

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Niki McMillan

by Anne Reynolds                                                                                                                                                                                Anne was deployed as part of a joint American Red Cross/Danish Emergency Relief Unit to help support distribution of cash and relief items following the earthquake in Nepal.

Nepal has always been a place that I wanted to visit, but until now I had never made the trip. Like most Red Crossers, when I saw the devastation following the earthquakes, I felt the strong desire to help. Thankfully, I have the great privilege to make that desire reality as an American Red Cross International Disaster Services Roster Member.

I deployed to Nepal on June 21, and after a few days in Kathmandu, I headed out to the Makwanpur District. Makwanpur is located just 1.5 hours from the border with India, and encompasses very diverse topography. The area ranges in altitude from just over 500 feet above sea level to over 8,000 feet above sea level. There are a number of rivers running through the district and the roads in and around the area can be quite treacherous. Inevitably there is always a section of the winding, narrow, switch-back road that has experienced at least a small landslide. The blind curves cause the drivers to honk constantly, and we are always on alert. No Sunday driving here!

The district headquarters, Hetauda, is a small but bustling city, and I have been working primarily from the Nepal Red Cross Chapter headquarters here. The local Red Cross staff is simply amazing! Our goal is to reach 2,000 households with full NFRI kits, cash and hygiene kits. In the 15 days I have been here, we have managed to meet with the local government officials for all the areas where distributions will occur, coordinate and agree on beneficiary lists, conduct a 10 percent audit to ensure we are reaching the most impacted areas, secure distribution sites, conduct distribution training for 25 local staff, and successfully complete two distributions in which 380 beneficiaries were served. Beneficiaries have been so happy to receive items, and we have experienced no negative responses. The staff is proud of their accomplishments, and they are feeling confident about their ability to establish distribution sites and conduct distributions. This week, we are moving to a municipality known as Thaha, and will provide items and cash to over 1,500 more households. The local staff has really got the system down, and we are confident we can reach over 300 beneficiaries per day.

My experience in Makwanpur has been truly exceptional. I have been fully embraced by my Nepal Red Cross family, and they have shown me nothing but kindness, generosity and appreciation since the day I arrived. I had always heard about the kindness of the Nepali people, and I can now say firsthand it is so very true. I feel like I have really been “living” here in Nepal, not just visiting. The work has been hard, the days tiring, but I have enjoyed great friendship, and Nepalese food, daily. I have replaced my daily coffee routine with my new favorite – milk tea! It is a special blend made here in town, and my friends here ask me all day long if I want more. I must admit, I say yes probably too often.

Words cannot accurately describe the special place Nepal and my new family in Makwanpur will forever hold in my heart. This has not been just a mission for me, but rather a life-changing experience for which I will be eternally grateful.

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