February is National Heart Month – Celebrate by Learning How You Can Save a Life!

February is a month long associated with the heart. With Valentines Day just around the corner millions will be celebrating their loved ones with flowers, cards and gifts. But did you know that February is also National Heart Month?  The American Red Cross asks you to celebrate this month by learning how you can save a life!

There are many ways the Red Cross can help you be prepared when life saving measures are needed:

Become CPR and AED trained

According to the Center for Disease Control 750, 000 Americans have heart attacks each year, and deaths from sudden cardiac arrest remain high.  However, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest increases through the use of CPR and the application of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

“Each year, more than 300,000 people in the U.S. die of sudden cardiac arrest”

Every minute defibrillation is delayed reduces the survival rate from cardiac arrest by 10%. With CPR and AED training you can be ready to recognize and respond with needed life saving measures. And becoming CPR and AED trained is easy. The Red Cross offers several classes on CPR and AED, as well as First Aid training and beyond. By going to http://www.redcross.org/local/nv/las-vegas/take-a-class you can find classes in your area, and check out many great training resources that you can use to become “Red Cross Ready”!

Donate Blood

Did you know that The American Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States? Every two seconds someone is in need of blood and just one pint can save the lives of three people! The Red Cross relies on its blood donations and by becoming a donor you too can help millions of people in need. And the Red Cross makes the process for donating safe and easy. Just call (702) 791-3311, or visit http://www.redcross.org/blood to learn more about the process for donating blood, as well as the next steps you can take to become a blood donor today.

Get the Red Cross First Aid App

The Red Cross First Aid App allows you to be Red Cross Ready at your fingertips! With step-by-step instructions, as well as videos and animations, you can have instant how-to access on First Aid, CPR and AED. The Red Cross First Aid App comes with lots of great preloaded content and you don’t need mobile service to access this life saving info. The app also features a hospital locator and includes a fully integrated 9-1-1 function for contacting EMS when needed. You can download the app for free from your mobile app store. You can also text “GETFIRST” to 90999, or get the app by visiting http://redcross.org/apps.

 

“Someone who knows how to respond to an emergency is an asset to every household, workplace and community”…Richard N. Bradley, MD. Chair of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council’s Resuscitation Sub-Council.

 

The American Red Cross asks you to join us in celebrating National Heart Month this February and to learn how you can save a life!

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Make This Super Bowl Sunday Fun and Safe!

The 50th Super Bowl is just around the corner. On Sunday, February 7th 2016 many of us will be enjoying the thrill of watching the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers compete. And while it’s important to enjoy the big game it’s also important to remember some key tips to making this years super bowl safe.

If you’re like many football fans you will be either hosting your own super bowl party or going to one. Along with the game there is always plenty of great cooking and food to go around, which also means the increased risk for home fires. In the United States cooking remains the number one cause of home fires – but you can stay safe by following these simple tips:

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are installed and working properly. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor and outside every bedroom and sleeping area in the family home. To test if your detector is functioning effectively press the test button for a few seconds. If you hear the beep you know it’s working! (CALL 702-697-1707 IF YOU NEED A SMOKE ALARM INSTALLED FOR FREE)
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen – working and ready to go if a fire starts.
  • Never leave frying, grilling or broiling food unattended.
  • Before using kitchen appliances make sure that cords and plugs are in good condition. And remember to unplug those appliances when not in use.
  • When cooking wear clothes that are not loose and do not dangle over open flames and stovetops.
  • Make sure that oven mitts, potholders, kitchen towels, and all other flammables, are away from hot stoves.
  • Never leave children unattended in the kitchen and be sure to keep kids at least three feet from the stove at all times.

Besides being safe in the kitchen it’s also important to be safe on the roads. Drunk driving accidents and deaths increase during the Super Bowl, as well as immediately after, so it’s important to be diligent. Know you’re limit, stick to it, and remember – don’t drink and drive! It’s easy for all of us to get caught up in the excitement of the game and lose track of how much alcohol we’ve taken in. Before the game even starts make sure you’ve designated a non-drinking driver who will make sure you get home safe!

And if you’re the one hosting on the big day – ask for car keys as your guests arrive and make space available for them to spend the night if needed. Being pro-active can ensure that everyone stays safe while having a great time!

If you would like more information on home fire safety you can call our local office at (702) 791-3311. Also please visit American Red Cross – Prevent Home Fires for more great safety tips.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

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Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps Campaign Kick-Off

On Thursday, January 28, the Red Cross of Southern Nevada and the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada (PFFN) will launch the annual Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps Campaign.  The launch will take place at the Henderson Fire Training Center at 10:30am.  Guest speakers, Johnny & Mico will tell their story of how the Red Cross helped them recover after a home fire. 

On Thursday morning, tweet at @SNVRedCross with the hashtag #SNVRedCross and we’ll RT our favorite posts!

The Red Cross responds to a disaster, on average, every 20 hours.  Most of the time, it is a home fire.  Volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day, ready to respond to these home-fires.  They provide financial assistance, emotional support, and the first steps toward recovery when the families need it most. 

Johnny & Mico’s Story

Johnny, Mico, their son and two grandchildren were at home when a fire started.  Fortunately, everyone asked unharmed but the fire had caused major damage throughout their home, leaving them without food or shelter.  Johnny, who is also battling cancer, lost all of his medications and his 45 prescriptions. 

Red Cross volunteers arrived on scene and provided the family with basic necessities like water, snacks and toiletries items.  The Red Cross also provided financial assistance for food, clothing and shelter for all 6 members of the family, as well as the means to refill all of the medications lost in the fire. 

This is just one example of many where the Red Cross helps a family through their most difficult time.  This campaign allows the Red Cross to continue to help families that are displaced and need help after a disaster. 

Last year, the Red Cross provided over $200,000 of disaster assistance to local families.  Donations made to the Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps campaign (http://www.redcross.org/cm/southernfirehurts-pub) stay in the southern Nevada community and go towards helping local families recover. 

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Vote for FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year – Proceeds go to local Red Cross

This year, one QB and one RB will be crowned the FedEx Air & Ground Player of the Year.  Let’s focus on the players that make plays through the Air.  After all, it’s a passing league.  Each of these players will secure a $25,000 for their respective Red Cross Chapters.  The finalists for the QB’s are Tom Brady (deflate-gate), Drew Brees (7-9 record) and Carson Palmer (13-3 record & first-round bye in the playoffs).

Of course, Tom Brady shouldn’t be considered.  He’s obviously anti-Air.  I don’t think he would even want to win anything that has ‘Air’ in the title anyways.

Who is Drew Brees?  I don’t think we need to consider people who aren’t even in the playoffs for this award.  It’s all about winning.

That leaves Carson Palmer.  The Arizona QB tore his ACL last year and stormed back for 35 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions.  He also guided his team to a 13-3 record and a first-round bye.  If that’s not enough, he had a 104.4 passer rating this year, good enough for 3rd in the NFL.  His touchdowns and passer rating also set franchise records.

Let’s not forget what this is about.  It’s about FedEx giving back to a great cause.  The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross (Phoenix, Arizona) helped folks that were displaced by wildfires and flooding this year.  Cast your vote online by visiting nfl.com/fedex.

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The American Red Cross: Looking Forward to 100 Years in Southern Nevada

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June 2017 will mark 100 years of the American Red Cross in Southern Nevada. Formed through the efforts of a small group of women, volunteering at a local hospital and making clothing for those in need, the Red Cross in Southern Nevada has grown from modest roots to an organization now supporting people in 15 counties in the state.

Since its beginnings in Southern Nevada the Red Cross has been on hand to help where help is needed. From its early history – supporting those serving in World War 1, assisting unemployed workers and their families who came to the area to work on Hoover Dam, to World War 2 – till now, the Red Cross has been committed to providing emergency support, training, and services. We assist our communities to meet their needs in the following areas:

  • Preparedness Health and Safety Services
  • Biomedical Services
  • Disaster Services
  • Services to the Armed Forces
  • International Services – Reconnecting Families

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Besides these critical services we also support Red Cross Youth Clubs – encouraging young people to develop their leadership skills and make a difference in their community.

Over the years our supporters have grown right along with us as well. Through a large group of volunteers and giving societies, the communities throughout Southern Nevada have been there to help individuals and families get back to their normal lives after a disaster.

The American Red Cross is proud to be a part of Southern Nevada. We hope you will join us in celebrating our first 100 years and we look forward to the next 100 years to come!

If you would like information on our history, as well as on volunteering and the services that we offer, please visit our website at http://the american red cross of southern nevada or call (702) 791-3311 for more.

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Become a Volunteer with The American Red Cross

“The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”

Each day the American Red Cross supports people in emergencies. Whether helping those displaced through disasters, providing much needed emergency blood donations or by supporting members of our armed forces and their families, the Red Cross is there when emergencies strike. In order to provide the support, when it’s needed the most, the Red Cross relies on volunteers like you.

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“Volunteers make it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.”

Did you know that 97% of the Red Cross workforce is made up of volunteers? Coming from diverse backgrounds, and possessing a wide range of skills, our volunteers bring their unique talents to serve in five crucial areas in our organization including:

  • Preparedness Health and Safety Services
  • Biomedical Services
  • Disaster Services
  • Services to the Armed Forces
  • International Services

And the process for becoming a volunteer is easy! Simply visit our website http://www.redcross.org/local/nv/las-vegas/volunteer , choose adult or youth volunteer, and complete the online application. Once completed you will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator at the Red Cross who will match your volunteer goals to where you’re needed.

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We appreciate your interest in volunteering Whether you have an hour a month or a few hours a week the Red Cross needs your help!

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You Can Help the Red Cross, and Your Community, with Home Fire Preparedness

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On January 18th we will celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each year we take this opportunity to celebrate the life and works of this community leader who was committed to non-violent social change, the principles of equality, and the fight against poverty. Martin Luther King believed in the power and importance of community service and across the nation citizens commemorate this day through their personal commitment to serve in their own communities.

“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

As part of celebrating Martin Luther King’s legacy of community service, the Red Cross will be performing a community outreach event as part of its initiative in support of home fire preparedness. Home fires continue to be the most common disaster with a home fire related death occurring seven times every day. There are many precautions people can take to ensure that they, and their loved ones, are safe, The Red Cross is asking for your help with helping those in our community be ready when a home fire starts.

In partnership with local citizens and organizations the Red Cross will be canvassing neighborhoods throughout southern Nevada handing out smoke alarms and providing crucial information on home-fire preparedness and safety. We are asking for volunteers to join the effort on January 18th and help with our ongoing work in preparing our communities for emergencies and disasters.

 

To sign up for this event please visit our website at http://www.redcross.org/local/nv/las-vegas/home-fire.

And for more on the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr. visit http://www.thekingcenter.org

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on January 18th.

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