Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness For Our Friends and Families In Hawaii

The Southern Nevada community has a robust Hawaiian population, and we want to make sure that everyone in Hawaii has the best access to information regarding the coming storms. Below you’ll find some information on the coming storms and how to prepare.

Hurricane Iselle is set to make landfall in Hawaii tomorrow and weather experts say the storm could bring heavy rain, ocean swells and mudslides to the islands. Tropical Storm Julio is also headed in Hawaii’s direction and could make landfall Sunday.

The Red Cross is urging residents to get ready now and build disaster kits in case they have to evacuate. Due to Hawaii’s isolation and vulnerability, the Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for seven days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters. Airports and ports may be damaged by the storm and slow down the resupply process for local stores.

Hurricane Iselle

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Hawaii and Maui Counties. The Red Cross has mobilized human and material resources and is on alert. The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross has been working since Monday to put local volunteers on standby to respond on all islands in response to Iselle and Julio. The Hawaii Red Cross has 1,500 trained volunteers.

Tropical Storm Julio

TS Julio was located about 1,750 miles east of Hilo, HI and moving toward the west-northwest at 17 mph. This general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours. The maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph. Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles.

STAY INFORMED People in Hawaii should listen to local media for the latest storm updates. They can also download the Red Cross Hurricane App to monitor weather conditions, get the location of shelters and use the “I’m safe” button to let others know they are safe even if the power is out. They should also download the Red Cross First Aid App which puts advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips. Both apps are available for iPhone and Android devices.

 

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American Red Cross Offers Ways to Prepare For This Weekend’s Monsoon Weather in Southern Nevada

The National Weather Service is forecasting the possibility of more wet weather for the Southern Nevada area over the course of the next few days. The American Red Cross has resources for area residents to use to prepare and respond should they find themselves affected by storms and flooding.

Checklists that you can read on your computer, mobile or tablet are available. They can also be printed and shared at your office or faith center.

Scott Emerson, Regional Executive for the American Red Cross says, “There are a number of resources that the Red Cross can share in times of weather emergencies. What’s important is to look over the preparedness information so that you and your family are ready during monsoon season.”

There are a number of resources available online to best arm residents with valuable information:

THUNDERSTORM SAFETY CHECKLIST: English Spanish

Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.

POWER OUTAGE CHECKLIST:  English Spanish

Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time.

FLOOD SAFETY:

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturate the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

Flood Safety Checklist: English Spanish

Returning Home After A Flood: English Spanish

Repairing Your Flooded Home: English Spanish

DOWNLOAD FREE SMARTPHONE APPS: The Red Cross has a free Red Cross Flood App to put expert weather and preparedness advice at your fingertips. The app is available for smart phones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

 

 

 

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Spotlight On Local Volunteer Cristen Hodgers

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We are so excited to announce that Cristen Hodgers has been appointed to serve a 2 year term on the American Red Cross National Young Professionals Council.  This advisory board, comprised of 12 young professionals from across the nation, provides strategic advice to the Office of the National Chair of Volunteers and seeks to leverage the work experience and broad skill sets of young professionals to further the mission of the American Red Cross.

Cristen is a member  and vital asset of our Southern Nevada chapter and we could not be more proud of her for this recent appointment.  She has served the chapter as Disaster and Emergency Services Volunteer Lead and Interim Regional Disaster Program Officer. Currently, she is the volunteer counterpart to the Service to the Armed Forces Director, chair of the Red Cross Young Professionals’ Alliance Board, a disaster training instructor and a disaster responder in Mass Care Operations. Outside of the Red Cross, Cristen works at Pebble Black North America as Director of Strategic Development.

Cristen is passionate about finding ways to mitigate disasters while taking the best possible care of people, their personal assets and their surrounding environment. She has presented her research on effective interdisciplinary disaster education strategies at the 18th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine and was honored to be selected as a delegate for the United Nations 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.  She is a member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine and the International Association of Emergency Managers.  When she is not volunteering or working  you can often find her outside exploring the Nevada desert.

Thank you Cristen for all that you do in service to the Red Cross.

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Blood Drive August 20th 3pm-7pm

American Red Corss Blood Drive

American Red Corss Blood Drive

We are in the midst of the 100 most deadly days of summer but at the same time we also have 100 days of hope! Hope that our community will respond to our call for much needed blood donations.

We have had 80,000 fewer blood donations since May than expected!

If you are looking for a way to help your community but don’t have a lot of time to give then joining us for our blood drive on August 20, 2014 from 3:00pm -7:00pm is the perfect way for you to give back.

Bring a friend! If every donor now through the end of summer brought a friend to donate, we could prevent an emergency situation.

Spaces are limited so for more information and to schedule your appointment please call (702) 369-3149 today!

You can also reserve your appointment time by logging on to redcrossblood.org and enter the Sponsor Code: So NV Chapter.

As an added bonus all presenting donors will receive 2 tickets for the Marc Savard Comedy Show at the V Theatre and be able to enter to win a $100 gift card (drawing to be held at the end of August)

If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.

American Red Cross – Southern Nevada Chapter
Blood Drive
August 20, 3:00pm – 7:00pm ( by appointment only)
1771 East Flamingo Road – Training Room
For appointments call (702) 369-3149
Blood is especially needed this time of year, your donation could help save the lives of countless individuals.

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American Red Cross To Hire AmeriCorps Positions in Las Vegas, NV

 

With nearly 100 years of service in the Southern Nevada community, the American Red Cross has changed with the times to ensure care for the needs of our community. As we continue to find ways to expand our services, local opportunities to help deliver the Red Cross Mission become available.

The American Red Cross is looking to fill 3 AmeriCorps positions in our Las Vegas Region for local projects. Two of the positions will be Preparedness & Response Specialists, and the third will be a Youth Engagement Specialist.

The Preparedness and Response Project will engage two AmeriCorps members from September 2014 to July 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. AmeriCorps members will provide leadership and support to increase preparedness and response through engagement of the community in various projects in both the urban Las Vegas area and assigned rural communities. Direct service as an on-call Disaster Action Team member responding to local disasters (usually house fires) and possible deployment to a disaster beyond the local area should be expected.

The Preparedness & Response Specialists’ position will focus on the following duties:

  1. Recruit, train, and lead volunteers to increase disaster response capacity
  2. Conducting community disaster education (CDE) to ensure families are better prepared for disaster
  3. Respond directly to local and beyond local disaster events
  4. Complete one service project aligned with Red Cross mission consistent with NPRC program intentions

The Youth Engagement Project will engage one AmeriCorps member from September 2014 to July 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. AmeriCorps members will provide leadership and support to increase preparedness and response through engagement of youth in various projects in both the urban Las Vegas area and assigned rural communities. Direct service as an on-call Disaster Action Team member responding to local disasters (usually house fires) and possible deployment to a disaster beyond the local area should be expected.

The Youth Engagement Specialist’s position will focus on the following duties:

  1. The growth and development of local Red Cross Clubs within the Clark County School District, local colleges, universities, and other youth organizations that would be interested in having a Red Cross Club.
  2. Conducting community disaster education (CDE) to ensure families are better prepared for disaster
  3. Respond directly to local and beyond local disaster events
  4. Complete one service project aligned with Red Cross mission consistent with NPRC program intentions

AmeriCorps NPRC members are Full-Time and expected to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours during their 11 month term of service. Members must be available during normal business hours, Monday to Friday from September 02, 2014 to July 31, 2015. Due to the nature of our program, there will be times when members are required to serve after normal business hours including nights and weekends, sometimes on short notice.

Program Requirements

  • Willing to make an 11 month full-time commitment and complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service.
  • At least 18 years of age by the start of the program.
  • A U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • High school diploma or its equivalent. College degree highly desired.
  • Current valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Lift 35 pounds. Sit and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to live and work in compromised environments including sleeping on a camping cot in a congregate shelter during times of deployments
  • Previous successful experience working with diverse populations.
  • At least one year of volunteer or community service experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Ability to be deployed on national, regional and local disaster relief operations lasting three weeks.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, flexibility and initiative.
  • Team-oriented.
  • Bilingual Spanish a plus.

Program benefits: NPRC members will be provided:

  • $15,500 living stipend for 11 months of service.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, eligible for an education award in the amount of $5,645 which can be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as repay qualified student loans.
  • Health insurance provided. Childcare available if eligible.
  • Student loan deferment or forbearance

For more information: Tiffany Updike, 702-531-0232 or tiffany.updike@redcross.org

 

 

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Red Cross Pillowcase Project: What Will You Take When Emergency Strikes?

By Melissa Watson-Coetzee

We can’t stop disasters (though we wish we could) but what we can do is be prepared when disaster strikes.  The Pillowcase Project is an initiative that was inspired by the ingenious children that began using their pillowcases to grab their most cherished belongings during Hurricane Katrina. The goals of The Pillowcase Project are to:

1. Help students become familiar with the types of disasters that affect our local area such as earthquakes,  fires and floods.

2. Inform students and, by extension, families about the importance of creating a disaster preparedness kit and plan.

What we have found is that by teaching one child about disaster preparedness through the Pillowcase Project we are able to teach an entire family. The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada is a huge supporter of this national initiative and  we are currently offering free classes for elementary school children to teach them about Emergency Preparedness. Just this week,  we worked with a local Las Vegas Valley Girl Scout camp to teach the scouts how they can help their families be prepared for and what to do during a disaster.

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If your class or organization would like to have this fun and useful presentation delivered free of charge, please email Sean Ward at sean.ward@redcross.org. He would be delighted to arrange a presentation with your school or organization.

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Red Cross Pet First Aid Skills May Have Saved Two Young Lives Today

 

With 30 years Red Cross experience, Doni Ward-McAllister has been a leader for nearly every line of service in the Red Cross. Currently in Preparedness Health and Safety, Doni put her Pet First Aid skills to work today when she happened upon these to little gals in our parking garage this morning. Only a couple weeks old, Doni brought the kittens inside, and has been nursing them back to being alert and wiggling around.

Knowing what to do when a pet is in distress can make the difference in their survival. The American Red Cross offers Pet First Aid to instruct participants on the various responses they might encounter with animals.

This weekend, the Southern Nevada chapter is offering a chance for you to learn what to do in case of a pet emergency. On Saturday, June 14, from 10am to 2pm the Pet First Aid class will be offered in Las Vegas. If you’d like to join in, go here and sign up!

But if you can’t make it to the class, you can still arm yourself with great information. Red Cross has a Pet First Aid app for smartphones that gives you valuable first aid information right in the palm of your hand. You can learn more about the app here.

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