Red Cross “Night of 50,000 Lives” in Las Vegas

Our Night of 50,000 Lives event is coming up on May 6th! Join us high atop the Stratosphere Tower for great food, drinks and spectacular views to raise money for our international Measles and Rubella Initiative. For every single dollar raised, a child can be vaccinated.

It’s sure to be an amazing evening. Even if you can’t make it to the event, you can still make a contribution to the cause: a donation to the Measles & Rubella Initiative which runs through the end of August.  Help us reach our goal of saving 50,000 lives!

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Red Cross Babysitter Training Being Offered Over Spring Break

For those Southern Nevada students on a “staycation” for spring break, the American Red Cross is offering a babysitter’s training course on Thursday, April 17.

Red Cross Babysitter training covers all of the major topics that a young person may encounter while babysitting or looking for babysitting jobs. From child care to how to write a resume, it’s a great way for teens to learn skills that they’ll use for the rest of their lives.

The course is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth between the ages of 11 and 15 to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants.

The course costs $75, and includes lessons on basic care for children and infants, basic health and safety for children, basic child behavior knowledge, how to develop a babysitting business and leadership development. Students are encouraged to bring snacks and pack a lunch.

Instructors will teach the babysitting training course at the American Red Cross Chapter headquarters at 1771 E. Flamingo Rd. Ste. 206-B, Las Vegas, NV 89119

You can register at here, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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Red Cross Disaster Institute Scheduled for April 24 – May 6


The Southern Nevada chapter is holding its “Ready To Respond” Disaster Institute from April 24 – May 6, offering one of the most comprehensive course schedules of American Red Cross training available in the country. From the protocols in opening a disaster shelter, to the way in which a chapter responds to a local disaster, these invaluable classes are offered so that the Red Cross can inform community members on how our operations work and to strengthen and grow our corps of volunteers.

In times of emergency, partner organizations work closely with the Red Cross, so these classes are important for those leaders too. The classes teach the way in which the Red Cross ramps up a disaster operation, what we do and how we do it, and the expectations that we deliver to the public. This knowledge not only trains our volunteers, but also allows other organizations to see how the Red Cross fits into the larger picture of a disaster response.

If you, or members of your organization would like to take these free classes, you can email for more information. A course description is below.


April 24 – May 6

Southern Nevada Chapter, Las Vegas, NV


Course Descriptions:

Bulk Distribution: Bulk Distribution Operations is an interactive course where participants engage in scenarios to learn how to apply the guidance covered in the Bulk Distribution Handbook. The handbook provides information and tools for use on disaster relief operations, chapter responses and in the classroom. Please note there are prerequisites for this class: Disaster Services: An Overview (DSO).

Chapter Response to Disaster: This course will orient disaster service volunteers to the chapter’s initial response mechanisms. You will learn the skill and tools needed to effectively respond to single family emergencies and initiate response on larger events.

Chapter Response to Aviation Disaster: This class serves as guidance, and describes how air carriers and Federal agencies should respond to an aviation accident involving a significant number of passenger fatalities and/or injuries. It also goes into the key points of the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act, 1996.

Collaborating Essentials: Collaborating Essentials is a basic level, instructor-led course designed to promote and support collaboration at the Red Cross. Participants will engage in discussions and scenarios to determine the different skills and behaviors required for building and maintaining internal and external relationships. The course emphasizes the role that collaboration plays in the successful delivery of disaster services.

Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance is a basic, instructor-led, video-supported course designed to train Red Cross caseworkers how to conduct effective client interviews and provide appropriate assistance to help meet a client’s immediate disaster-caused or disaster-aggravated needs.

Disaster Assessment Basics- Disaster Assessment Basics is an instructor-led, basic level course. The course encompasses the tasks and responsibilities of the Disaster Assessment activity on a disaster relief operation. The course includes a section on local disaster incidents, which may be customized by the instructor for a local disaster program. Please note there are pre-requisites for this course: Disaster Services: An Overview (DSO)

DSO: Disaster Services: An Overview is a basic level course that provides an introduction to Disaster Services at the American Red Cross. The course engages participants through integrated video and interactive activities.

Disaster Frontline Supervisor + Simulation: Disaster Frontline Supervisor (DFS) is an instructor-led, basic level course. Participants receive the Disaster Frontline Supervisor Handbook, which provides disaster relief operations supervisors with tools that support their success. The handbook is for use on operations and in the classroom. SIMULATION: The simulation builds on the information presented in the Disaster Frontline Supervisor (DFS) course. The simulation provides participants an opportunity to practice key supervisory skills and use the Disaster Frontline Supervisor Handbook as a resource. Please note there are prerequisites for this class: Applicants should have the training and experience equivalent to a Service associate in an activity in which she or he expects to become a supervisor.

Government Operations Fundamentals: The purpose of this basic Disaster Services course is to prepare Red Cross employees and volunteers who will be assigned to government emergency settings to work collaboratively with Red Cross partners, helping to ensure a coordinated response that results in effective service delivery. Please note there are prerequisites for this class: Sufficient operations knowledge and experience to provide a functional understanding of the concepts, principles and procedures associated with disaster assessment, sheltering, feeding, the provision of individual assistance and the basics of operations management needed to participate adequately in the discussions and activities contained in this course.

ERV: Ready, Set, Roll: The course provides participants with the opportunity to learn about and use an emergency response vehicle (ERV) and all related equipment. To attend the ERV orientation and take the road test, the following are required: Completion of the first session of the ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll self-study or instructor-led training and course review. Must be at least 21 years of age. A valid driver’s license. A clean driving record, verified by a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). To be eligible to drive an ERV, the following are required: ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll course certificate (sessions one and two) Current certifications in First Aid and CPR Successful completion of an American Red Cross approved defensive driving course. Successful completion of the online course, Basic Food Safety.

Financial & Statistical Information Management is a basic level instructor-led course designed to provide the operational procedures and tasks associated with Financial and Statistical Information Management. Please note there are pre-requisites for this class: Disaster Services: An Overview (DSO)

Fundamentals of Disaster Assessment: The purpose of this course is to introduce the critical role of Disaster Assessment, explore related preparedness tasks, learn how to collect and communicate disaster assessment information, and become familiar with how disaster assessment information supports management and service delivery decisions.

Health Services Response Workshop: Health Services Response Workshop is a basic level, instructor-led course. It introduces licensed health professionals to the roles and responsibilities of a Disaster Health Services volunteer when working on behalf of the American Red Cross to meet the disaster-related health needs of clients. Course activities provide participants an opportunity to apply their professional knowledge, experience and critical thinking abilities to the work-related challenges experienced by Red Cross workers who provide immediate assistance to clients in the aftermath of a disaster.

International Humanitarian Law: Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is intended to raise awareness among Red Cross representatives and general audiences about the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of international humanitarian law, and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict to implement IHL. Through a hands-on approach utilizing group activities, class discussion and multiple audiovisual aids, this newly-updated course invites participants to reflect on their images and perceptions of armed conflict and explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity even in the midst of the excesses of war.

Logistics Overview: Logistics: An Overview is an instructor-led, basic level course designed to give participants an overview of the Logistics group and the activities associated with it. Participants will learn about the skills, abilities and knowledge needed by Logistics workers and how they can become involved in their local chapter.

Mass Casualties Disaster: Mass Casualty Disasters is an instructor-led, basic level course that combines a series of presentations and class discussions using real-world examples to explore the four types of mass casualty disasters and the planning and response role of the American Red Cross as part of an overall community response. This interactive learning experience culminates in a simulation of a mass casualty event where participants form teams, representing a Red Cross chapter, and must make decisions during the first 24 hours following the disaster event.

Psychological First Aid: Psychological First Aid is an instructor-led, basic level course. It provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve. Participants engage in practice exercises and complete a self-review questionnaire.

Public Affairs Workshop: The purpose of this course is to examine the scope and responsibilities of the Public Affairs activity, in order to provide a framework in which to apply your public affairs knowledge, skills and experience on disaster relief operations.

Safe and Well Linking: Overview: Safe and Well Linking Overview is a basic, instructor-led course that details how chapters process welfare inquiries and outlines Safe and Well Linking activities on a disaster relief operation. It provides an overview of activity tools, the Safe and Well neighborhood, Safe and Well website and the Call Contact Capture System.

Shelter Fundamentals: Shelter Fundamentals is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. Referencing shelter checklists, participants will work on a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the Sheltering Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing.

Shelter Management: Shelter Management is an instructor-led, basic level course that introduces the roles, responsibilities and tasks of the shelter manager. Using the Sheltering Handbook, participants will work through a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the Sheltering Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing. The Sheltering Handbook provides the guidance for Red Cross shelter operations and serves as the main resource for the course. A video of Red Cross shelter managers talking about their experiences is incorporated into the course. Please note there are prerequisites for this class Red Cross Employees and Volunteers:

Red Cross Partners: • Disaster Frontline Supervisor, Must hold a supervisory role within their organization • Disaster Frontline Supervisor Simulation, Disaster Services Overview (DSO) • Shelter Fundamentals and  Basic food Safety.

Service Delivery Site Management- Service Delivery Site Management is an instructor-led, advanced level course designed to give the participants the knowledge and skills needed to run a service delivery site during a disaster. This course includes lecture, table group exercises and a half-day simulation of a disaster to test the participants’ knowledge of opening, maintaining and closing a service delivery site. Please note there are pre-requisites for this course: • Disaster Frontline Supervisor • Disaster Frontline Supervisor Simulation .

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism: An Overview is an instructor-led, basic level course designed to create an awareness of the complex response issues and concerns associated with a weapons of mass destruction/terrorism (WMD/T) incident. This learning experience consists of a series of presentations designed to share information and generate thought-provoking, interactive discussions that orient participants to the real-world considerations of WMD/T planning and response.


You can download the flyer with the class schedule here:

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In April, We Honor Military Children


April is the “Month of the Military Child,” a time to honor and recognize the children of deployed military personnel.

There are about 2 million military children between the ages of newborn and 18 years old. These children often experience unique challenges of military life, including the deployment of parents, moving frequently, and changing schools while having to make new friends.

Parental separation combined with the reintegration of parents that come back from deployment with PTSD and physical disabilities can be really stressful to children. Some may have to face a parent’s death. Moving homes causes disrupted relationships with friends, and having to adjust to new communities and resources can make it hard for children to adapt.

The Red Cross supports America’s military members, veterans and their families.  Red Cross service programs can assist in making some of these experiences less strenuous.  These services range from responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.

There is also an Emergency Communication service which relays urgent messages to service workers stationed anywhere in the world. This service delivers notifications of emergency situations such as the death or serious illness of a family member, and the good news of the birth or a child.

Help is available at (877) 272-7337, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When calling the Red Cross, be prepared to provide as much of the following information about the service member as is known:

  •         Full legal name
  •         Rank/rating
  •         Branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
  •         Social Security number
  •         Date of birth
  •         Military unit address
  •         Information about the deployed unit and home base unit (for deployed service members only)



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April is “Pet First Aid Awareness” Month

Pets are an important part of many families, and the Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

The 99 cent Pet First Aid app gives iPhone and Android smart phone users instant access to expert information so they learn how to maintain their pet’s health and what to do during emergencies. Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian.

The Pet First Aid App provides step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations including how to treat wounds, control bleeding, and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.

Other features in the app allow pet owners to:

  • Create a pet profile including tag identification number, photos, list of medications and instructions.
  • Use the list of early warning signs to learn when to call their veterinarian.
  • Use “click-to-call” to contact their veterinarian.
  • Find emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians with the “animal hospital locator.”
  • Locate pet-friendly hotels.
  • Test their knowledge with interactive quizzes and earn badges that they can share on their social networks along with their favorite picture of their pet.

History shows that people have not evacuated during disasters because they did not want to leave their pets behind. The Red Cross app contains resources to help owners include pets in their emergency action plans. Pet owners may also take a Red Cross Pet First Aid course so they can practice the skills and receive feedback. People can go to for information and to register.


The Red Cross has made great strides in making emergency information available whenever and wherever people need it. The Pet First Aid App and other Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to



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American Red Cross Calls for Donations During Washington Mudslide Response

Money donated to Disaster Relief allows Red Cross to deploy immediately following disaster


LAS VEGAS, NV. March 28, 2014 – The Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross urges the community to consider donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief so that when a disaster strikes, assets can be mobilized without hesitation.

This is a difficult time because of the uncertainty of the situation for so many families. In times of disaster and tragedy, the Red Cross deploys mental health and spiritual care volunteers to care for families who’ve lost loved ones or who are waiting for word on the missing.

Due to the devastation in the area, mass care volunteers have opened shelters that have provided more than 100 overnight stays to people who have no place to go. More than 6,600 meals and snacks have been provided to survivors and first responders.

The tragic loss of life and emotionally draining uncertainty of this landslide will make recovery even more challenging for the people there. The Red Cross is already providing support and help – and will be there in the weeks and months ahead.

Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief allowed us to respond immediately to this landslide and are providing help right now when the Oso community needs it most. Red Cross Disaster Relief allows us to respond to disasters big and small – 70,000 disasters every year around the country. You can help by:

  •        Sending a check to the local chapter office at 1771 E. Flamingo Rd. Ste. 206-B, Las Vegas, NV 89119
  •        Visiting
  •        Calling 1-800-RED CROSS
  •        Texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Your help allows the American Red Cross to help disaster victims anywhere, anytime.




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Spanish Speaking Volunteers Needed to Teach Lifesaving Red Cross First Aid and CPR


You Can Help Teach People To Save Lives

The Red Cross of Southern Nevada is looking for bilingual Spanish speaking Volunteer Health and Safety Instructors to teach First Aid / CPR training courses in Las Vegas, NV.

Our volunteer instructors help people to learn the lifesaving skills that have resulted in so many happy endings during emergencies.

People who’ve suffered from smoke inhalation, victims of a car accident, or near drowning victims are often helped by someone who has been trained in CPR and First Aid. You can help to raise the odds that help is available when it’s needed.

Qualifications are as follows:

  • Experience in Education, Health Services, Psychology, Communications, Safety or a related field is preferred
  • You’ll be trained in Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED instruction
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • A positive and professional attitude and demeanor
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communications skills
  • Ability to operate video equipment
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts
  • Enthusiasm for American Red Cross products and services
  • Valid Nevada driver’s license and a good driving record

For a link to apply, go here.




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