American Red Cross

  • Do as I say AND as I do.

    CPR Instructor saves a life.

    An instructor teaching a class on CPR ended up saving the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest outside of her classroom.

    The man, who was shoveling snow outside of the American Red Cross building in Rochester (Minnesota, not Mew York, FYI) recently, came inside to take a break, FOX 9 says.

     CPR instructor and  student save real man's life during classroom session

    That’s when he started having a heart attack, ABC 6 reports. Jennifer Brandt, an instructor with Twin Cities Safety, put her skills to use – she had her students call 911 and she began CPR.

    Learn CPR - Schedule at class at your location! Learn CPR - Schedule at class at your location!

    “Everything went from there and I did what I’ve been teaching people for several years,” Brandt told ABC 6. “It gave the students a real live look into what a scene actually looks like and what needs to be done in order to give somebody that chance of life.”

    "If there is not someone there to help when somebody goes into cardiac arrest, that person will die,” Smith said.

    The response time was approximately 30 seconds. And in this case, those seconds mattered.American-Red-Cross-Emergency-Kits

  • Safety for the Christmas Parties

    partyHaving a Party?
    Here are some smart TIPS:

    If you plan on hosting a party this holiday season, please read the list of tips provided below for Adults and Drinking at parties.

    1. Limit guests to those you know
    2. Provide food and non-alcoholic beverages for guests
    3. Do not serve Alcohol to Minors (nor allow them to serve alcohol) even if their parents say it is "OK" - it's not.
    4. Arrange transportation or overnight accommodations for guests
    5. Review your insurance policy before the event to ensure proper liability coverage
    6. Stay alert. Always remember your responsibilities as host
    7. Arrange activities that don’t require alcohol
    8. Do not encouraging excessive drinking by guests
    9. Stop serving guests who are visibly intoxicated
    10. Only time will sober guests so either keep them around, or provide them a sober ride - Coffee won't help, it will just give a nice wide-awake drunk.
    11. Read Holidays and Drunk Drivers

    Parents -

    Pediatrician Benjamin D. Hoffman, MD, FAAP, shares AAP child safety tips for holiday gatherings. Whether your family is traveling across the country or opening your home to visitors, the advice in this video will help keep a visit to a children’s hospital off the schedule during holiday festivities this year:

    As the source for American Red Cross First Aid Kits, and Red Cross Gift Ideas, we share a lot of ARC information and tips:

    Here's a timely post from the Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania for the Holidays:

    How to Reduce Holiday Stress

    1. Remember to eat healthy. Try to keep a balanced diet and drink lots of water.

    2. Get plenty of rest. With so much to do, it may be difficult to have enough time to rest or get adequate sleep. Giving your body and mind a break can boost your ability to cope with the stress you may be experiencing.

    3. Set priorities. Tackle that to-do list in small steps.

    4. Be patient with yourself and those around you.

    5. Stay connected with family and friends. Everyone is in it together, so ask for help if you need it and help them if you can.

  • Preparing your Information Go-Bag

    Disaster-SurvivalNow, during National Preparedness Month, our readers certainly expect us to talk about Go Bags... but here's a twist... "Preparing your Information Go-Bag” 

    Webinar: September 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm ET - Two presentations from 2014 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

    WHEN:  Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

    WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

    "Preparing your Information Go-Bag” 

    Lori Harding, Coordinator, Library Services, at Elkhart General Hospital will present about the library’s current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project, “Preparing your Go-Bag for Disaster-related Information Needs”. The Library, in partnership with the Hospital’s Emergency Preparedness and Education and Program Committees and the Elkhart Fire Department, has been developing training sessions to identify authoritative sources for information in a disaster or public health emergency using National Library of Medicine resources.

    LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, September 10, click on

    Enter your name in the guest box and click "Enter Room".

    A box should pop up asking for your phone number.

    Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

    For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

    Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790

    Passcode: 553508 *Please note that this is a new passcode.

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    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • Webinar: Local Partnerships Between the American Red Cross and CERT

    Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits! Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits!

    The American Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) serve communities throughout the United States in a variety of ways before, during, and after emergencies. But while both programs accomplish a great deal individually, they can do even more when they work together. As partners, CERT and American Red Cross programs and volunteers can work to advance their mutual goals of increasing the preparedness and resilience of local neighborhoods and communities and offering vital assistance and support in the aftermath of disasters.

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    The FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to join a webinar that showcases successful partnerships between local American Red Cross regions and CERT programs. Three sets of American Red Cross and CERT programs serving three unique jurisdictions will discuss how they are working together to make their communities safer, stronger, and more resilient. Presenters will share how they established their partnerships, what lessons they learned from the experience, and how their collaboration benefitted their programs and communities. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session.

    Title: Local Partnerships Between the American Red Cross and CERT

    Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Time:  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (ET)

    This webinar will feature American Red Cross and CERT guest speakers from the following jurisdictions:

    • Delaware County, PA
    • Denver, CO
    • Detroit, MI

    How to Join the Webinar:

    American_Red_Cross_Slide (1)We hope that you will be able to join us on September 9! If you can’t make it, we will post the recording, transcript, and slide deck of the presentation on this page, under “Citizen Corps Partners/Affiliates”: You can also view our most recent webinar on including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training at:

  • Emergency Alerts - Isn't there an App for that?

    Emergency Alerts - Isn’t there an app for that?

    FEMA, Red Cross, local TV stations - lots of organizations are offering emergency alert apps for smart phones. Will they take care of me?

    Emergency alerts via app are similar to the federal EAS and WEA alerts. They say “Hey there is a big problem!” but fail to offer much specific information.

    Although good for reaching a lot of people in a geographic area, you need more.

    Local Reverse 911 emergency notification messages are the most specific, authoritative alerts available. Here is what Reverse 911 services can do for you that an App cannot:
    • Issued directly from 911 call centers or your local Emergency Management Agency, no middle man means quicker alerts.
    • Alerts are sent for many issues too localized for an EAS alert, like a gas leak on your street, a missing person in the neighborhood or a local police action.
    • Message length is not limited to 90 characters like WEAs so you receive more information and will know what to do.
    • Alerts are specific to your location so precise instructions can be given in the message.
    • Most systems can call, text or email information to you.
    • Alerts are sent based on the locations you register, so you know if danger is near your home, work, day care or any other location of concern. Whether home or traveling across the country you get the message.
    • You can register for where elderly parents or others live, it does not matter if they are nearby or far off. Have the peace of mind that you will know if danger is near these loved ones.

    Reverse 911 systems already have land line phone numbers, that’s good if you still have a land line and if you are home to answer the call. To receive alerts on your mobile device you must register. Register every cell phone in the household so everyone gets the alert as soon as possible. Remember to register for all your locations of concern.

    Here is a quote on the value of Reverse 911 from the Los Angeles police. Their local system is called Alert LA County.
    “Here are the main differences in the WEA alerts and the Alert LA County messages. Alert LA County is target specific. When we recognize a life threatening event, a disaster or potential to serious injury or death, we can pin point an area using a mapping system to get out the message.

    Here is an example:
    A suspect with a gun in a neighborhood. We can direct a message for those that live on streets A, B and C to remain in their houses with their doors lock. We could also send a message on the same incident for resident on D, E, and F streets to evacuate to a position north of the location and for streets X, Y and Z Streets to evacuate to a position to the south of the area. We would call every house that had a landline and every person’s cell phone that had registered with us.

    Same goes for disasters where there is a fire in the area and we want certain people to evacuate north and others to evacuate south. WEA cannot be as precise to affected areas.

    We don’t send out general messages to the public and you would only get a message if it is directly affecting your area unlike WEA.”911-WEA

    Emergency alerts sent to your mobile device automatically or through apps are valuable but are not the best for most situations. Because you need the best information, register and in a few minutes you will have the protection of your local of Reverse 911 alerts; precise, informative, authoritative and free. Find the site to register on your local government web site or use the free national ZIP code search on

  • Life and Death during CPR and AED Awareness Week

    Do you know anyone saved by CPR or due to an AED being on hand? Do you know of anyone lost because no AED was available and/or nobody on hand knew CPR?CPR-AED-BANNER

    Thousands of lives are saved each year through bystander CPR and quick action through AED use.

    Take action now during CPR and AED Awareness Week - you need not teach everyone CPR Today, but there are things you CAN do now.

  • This week is about Life 🏥

    CPR & AED Awareness Week 2015...

    Is your CPR Certification current? Do you have an AED at work, at home, at your group meeting places?

    Learn more about CPR & AED Awareness.


  • April Pool's Day

    Swimming Pool & Lifeguard First Aid Kit Swimming Pool & Lifeguard First Aid Kit

    April Pool's Day is a grassroots effort to bring swimming pool safety to mind at the beginning of spring. Many organizations schedule their events, promotions, and awareness campaigns on various days throughout April each year - usually on Saturdays.

    Whether for a Public Pool, your whole Community, our just your Friends & Family around your own backyard pool - plan and hold your own April Pool's Day event - teach some safety pool practices, and maybe schedule CPR & First Aid Training for your group!

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  • Seeing Red

    March is American Red Cross Month. Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with some of the disaster preparedness tools the Red Cross offers, including a variety of mobile applications (apps). The free apps provide alerts for weather hazards, first aid, shelter, pet first aid, and

    As the winter weather hazards come to an end, you can use the weather-related apps to prepare for spring hazards, such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

    Features of the tornado app include:

    • An audible siren that automatically sounds when the app is closed if a tornado warning is issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA);
    • A notification when the warning expires; and
    • Instructions on what to do if cell phone towers and other communication are down.

    Features of the hurricane app include:

    • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that users can share with family members via social media outlets;
    • Location-based NOAA weather alerts; and
    • Checklists for creating a family emergency plan.

    American_Red_Cross_Slide (1)The Red Cross also offers a mobile application that engages children in disaster preparedness in a fun, exciting way. The “Monster Guard” app uses an interactive game to show kids how to stay safe when responding to emergencies at home.

    Take action today! Download these apps to your tablet or smartphone using the Apple App Store or Android Google Play. Doing so counts as one of the ten ways to participate in America’s PrepareAthon!, so be sure to register your actions on the campaign website.

    Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits! Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits!
  • What was that? What that an EARTHQUAKE?

    Shake, Boom, Slam, Rumble, Roll, Thud. Was that an Earthquake?

    Earthquakes are not just a California Phenomenon. they occur in Ohio, Illinois, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas... everywhere.

    We are deep in Earthquake Country, in North Coastal San Diego County, so we are pretty used to earthquakes - both large and small... the problem is knowing if the little ones are really earthquakes or not. When a major shaker comes through, it hits the news, and we also hear a lot about "after-shocks" and to be ready in case they occur. Hello... what about warning before? Well, Earthquake prediction is a young science, still akin to an art in some minds, closer too a Ouija Board in others. But we DO know that there can be "fore-shocks" as well, so we can get some warning to batten down the hatches and hold on.

    Prepare! Prepare!

    Problem. Remember we explained we're on the coast in North San Diego County. This means we're on the edge of Camp Pendleton, one of the largest Military bases in the world at 125,000 acres.. Could that be shelling sounds from artillery practice aims at nearby San Clemente Island? Maybe a sonic boom? (Lucky us! We also have Marine Corps Air Station Miramar just South of us.) It's important to know when a tremor is geological, so how can one tell?

    USGSThere's an App for that!
    Ahhh... technology! No londer a need to scan the local radio broadcast, or hope for something on TV News"

    ShakeMap and ShakeCast are post-earthquake information tools for rapid situational awareness, using data from seismic monitoring systems to help emergency managers gauge an earthquake’s impact and plan response activities. These tools can be found at

    Preparedness is everything, and whether in Kent or Kalamazoo, you need to be prepared!

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