Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Update

There is always a lot of talk about the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, and people frequently see news about volunteers going in neighborhoods to find homes without smoke detectors.  The Red Cross is proud to share some statistics from this nationwide campaign and what the Red Cross has done in the past 12 months.

First off, the Home Fire Campaign was active in over 1,900 cities and towns across the nation.  In these areas, over 95,000 smoke detectors were installed and 13,000 batteries were replaced.  In addition, Red Cross volunteers helped create 40,000 unique evacuation plans for a residence near them.

In addition to making sure equipment and evacuation plans are in place, Red Cross volunteers also taught more than 247,000 young people vital preparedness lessons.  These lessons did not just revolve around home-fires, but they prepared students for flash floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and landslides.

The most impressive stats are the number of documented lives saved.  The Red Cross has verified that 15 lives were saved by one of these services provided through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.  The number of lives saved is actually expected to rise pending official reports.

The Red Cross and community partners are getting ready for the next 12-months, and seeking ways to be even more effective and save many more lives!  Make a donation the Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps campaign by clicking here.  Volunteer with the Red Cross by going to http://www.redcross.org/nv/las-vegas/volunteer and filling out an application.

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Weather Watch or Weather Warning? Here’s the Difference

The National Weather Service accompanies their weather forecasts with the terms ‘Watch’ or ‘Warning.’  These terms are used to alert residents about potentially dangerous weather in their area.  It is important to know what the differences are between weather ‘Watches’ and weather ‘Warnings.’

When a weather watch is in effect, it means residents should watch the sky for signs of dangerous weather and listen to a NOAA radio or the Red Cross Emergency App for the latest information.  Severe weather can happen so quickly, formal weather warnings can’t be issued in time.  A weather watch alerts residents that the conditions for severe weather are in place so be alert and careful.

A weather warning alerts residents that there is dangerous weather directly threatening the area.  A weather warning means the event is occurring and residents should take immediate precautions to ensure their safety.  Here in southern Nevada, residents are most likely to be effected by a thunderstorm of flash flood warning.  When this notice is issued, move to a safe area in the house and do not venture outside unless ordered to evacuate.

The Red Cross urges residents to Be Red Cross Ready.  Click here to find out more about the flagship Red Cross disaster preparedness program.  Also, get the latest weather information and preparedness tips sent to the palm of your hand by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App for free on your mobile device.

Visit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/vef/ for more information from the National Weather Service – Las Vegas.

Be Red Cross RDy

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Let’s Get Clara Barton on #TheNew10

Oil Painting of Clara Barton by Mathilde M. Leisenring, 1937.

Oil Painting of Clara Barton by Mathilde M. Leisenring, 1937.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced the redesign of the $10 bill.  The new note will feature an extraordinary woman that has made significant contributions to protecting the freedoms and values in which our nation was founded.  Here at the Red Cross, our minds immediately turned to our founder, Clara Barton.

Barton is one of the most notable figures in American history.  Risking her life, she offered support, food and supplies to soldiers who were fighting in the Civil War.  On May 21, 1881, Barton and a group of like-minded individuals founded the American Association of the Red Cross, and she led it for 23 years! Since then, Barton published several books pertaining to the American Red Cross, education, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and more.

Clara Barton Portrait by J. E. Purdy

Clara Barton Portrait by J. E. Purdy

Barton has contributed so much to so many.  Her devout love for humanity along with her willingness to serve others was revealed time and time again through her actions.  Barton’s legacy lives on through the dedicated Red Cross volunteers that serve other people in need each and every day.

Use the hashtag ‘#TheNew10’ to share your ideas of why Clara Barton should be on the $10 Bill!

Visit http://rdcrss.org/1jMbimy for more information on Clara Barton.

 

(More info on the US Treasury can be found here https://thenew10.treasury.gov/)

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Every 2 Seconds, Someone Needs Blood – Find a Place to Donate Near You

 

 

 

 

 

The Red Cross urges eligible donors here in southern Nevada to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.  In Las Vegas, the Red Cross supplies 9 of the 13 area hospitals with blood.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

m6840119_763x260-give-bloodWith more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Bunkerville

8/14/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bunkerville Gym/Library, 150 Virgin St

 

Henderson

 

8/8/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Smith’s Food and Drug – Valle Verde, 55 S. Valle Verde Drive

8/9/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Lowe’s, 440 Marks Street

 

Las Vegas

 

7/30/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, 3186 S. Maryland Parkway

7/30/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Home Depot – 3308, 7015 Arroyo Crossing Parkway

8/1/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 101 S. Rancho Dr

8/4/2015: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., KTNV-TV Channel 13, 11011 W Charleston Blvd.

8/4/2015: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Town Square Mall, 6605 S Las Vegas Blvd.

8/6/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N Durango Dr

8/8/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Crystal Cove Apartments at the Lakes, 3309 Sky Country Lane

8/10/2015: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowe’s, 9955 South Eastern

8/11/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 6325 S Rainbow

8/12/2015: 2:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

8/13/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., New York New York, 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South

8/15/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mountain Vista Ward, 1775 N. Christy Ln

8/15/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Ave

 

Laughlin

8/11/2015: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Laughlin Library, 2840 Needles Highway

 

North Las Vegas

 

8/6/2015: 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Battle of the Badges – North Las Vegas, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North – Suite Open Space

 

How to donate blood:

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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UPDATE: 3 Months After the Earthquake in Nepal

Nepal RC

On 25 April 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 8,500 people and injuring many others. Thousands of homes were destroyed and the Red Cross immediately mobilized its volunteers and resources to respond.

“The scale of this disaster is so big, the national capacity will be actually not enough, so there will be a need for significant international support,” said Jagan Chapagain, IFRC Asia Pacific Zone director, who quickly visited Nepal after the earthquake.

The challenge was that three-quarters of the affected population lived outside of the Kathmandu valley, many in remote mountainous areas. The immediate priority was on providing these communities with emergency shelter.

The American Red Cross joined the global Red Cross network in a massive response to provide emergency humanitarian assistance- an effort that continues today.  More than 36 American Red Cross disaster specialists have already deployed to Nepal.  In addition, the Red Cross has already spent or committed $13.6 million to the humanitarian relief effort in Nepal and will make additional financial commitments to support Nepal’s long-term recovery efforts.

Here is a summary of what the Red Cross has done to help those in Nepal:

 

(If you are having trouble seeing this image, please click the link below)

 

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To help people affected by disasters big and small, like those impacted by the Nepal Earthquake, visit redcross.org/nv/las-vegas contact your local Red Cross Chapter at (702)791-3311.

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Download the Red Cross Pet First Aid App

UPDATE:  Red Cross offering Dog & Cat First Aid Class on August 22, from 1:oo PM to 4:30 PM.  Sign up at redcross.org/take-a-class

 

The summer season brings longer days and more opportunities to play outside.  As temperatures get warmer, many folks bring their pets along for outdoor activities and car trips.  It’s fun to bring a furry companion, but owners must also take extra precautions in the summer to make sure their pets are safe in the heat.

Before you set step out the door with a pet, it is very important to know what their ‘normal’ is.  Know what their comfortable breathing rate, heart rate, body temperature, and gum color looks like so you can recognize something is wrong.

Heat stroke is common for pets with short noses or snouts – think of boxers, bulldogs and pugs.  Heat stroke is also seen in obese pets, pets with thick fur, or pets that are not used to the Las Vegas heat.

Signs a pet might be having a heat stroke include heavy panting, being unable to calm down, and bright red gums.  Cool down the pet if their temperature is over 105 and immediately visit a veterinarian.  Heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage.

A bonus hint:  Never leave pets in the car.  After only a few minutes, a car can reach temperatures of 120+ degrees.  While it may seem like common sense, people still leave their pets in cars.  So stop doing this.

You can download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app to have veterinary advice in the palm of your hand. The app features first aid steps for more than 25 common pet situations and identifies common substances that are toxic to animals.

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Latest Preparedness Tips: Sharknados

The American Red Cross is at the forefront of disaster preparedness.  Millions of people are taught what to do in emergency situations by the Red Cross every year.  The newest Red Cross mobile app, called Emergency, delivers tips and information directly to people’s smartphones.  This information is constantly updated, and today, it will be updated with  newest threat to our area:  Sharknados.

Sharnknados, from what sources (Wikipedia) tells me, are prone to hit coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles.  During monsoon season, a strong sharknado may even make its way inland from the Pacific coast all the way to Nevada.  If that does happen, the Red Cross has safety tips in case your area comes under a sharknado watch/warning.

The Red Cross Emergency App will help you stay informed.  It is very important to know when threats happen and how to avoid them.  Download the Emergency app for free here:   Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Sharknados are expected to hit Nevada around 9PM tonight.  Be prepared for anything. Our friends in Oklahoma were prepared and lived to tell about it:  

 

(Screen shots were taken from the Red Cross Emergency App.  The Red Cross knows that a sharknado is a made-for-TV disaster, and these tips are no substitute for being prepared for an actual disaster.  And no, I still can’t believe I wrote this)

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