Global Red Cross Network Supplying Humanitarian Aid to Nepal

On April 25, Nepal suffered a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The global Red Cross network, led by the Nepal Red Cross, has mounted an international response to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the areas affected by this disaster. The American Red Cross is working closely with the Nepal Red Cross to coordinate relief efforts and additional support.

The Red Cross has approximately 19,000 relief kits available in Nepal which includes clothing, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets and personal hygiene items. The Red Cross is activating its logistics systems in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai to mobilize additional relief materials in the coming days.

The American Red Cross has been working with the Nepal Red Cross since 1999 by supporting both disaster relief and disaster preparedness programming. These programs have focused on training community-level volunteers in first response. The American Red Cross has also supported school-based Disaster Risk Reduction programming in Nepal which trained students, teachers, and community members on disaster preparedness and first aid.

To help those affected by the Nepal earthquake, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED-CROSS)

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Red Cross Releases New Emergency Notification App!

 

 

 

 

 

The American Red Cross has launched a new app called “Emergency.” This app alerts the user of potential dangers in their area or the area they choose. It is available in both the Google Play Store and Apple Store. The features in Emergency are designed to make the user feel safer and more aware of their surroundings.

At its base, “Emergency” is a personalized emergency notification system. The app will ask for a location and then send notifications based on what is happening in the area chosen. Monitor the people and places you care about with real-time local alerts for severe weather and hazards, including:

  • Hurricanes
  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Tornado
  • Wintry Weather
  • Tsunami
  • Wildfire
  • Storms
  • Heat
  • Volcanos
  • Air Quality
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Sheltering Advice
  • Wind

The user has the ability to manage which locations they would like to get notifications for and which notifications to receive.

The Red Cross also designed this app to warn loved ones about harm coming their way. A new feature that sets this app apart from previous Red Cross apps is the ‘Family Safe’ feature. The user can add people they care about to the emergency alert system of the application. The user can immediately get in contact with the people they list in the ‘Family Safe’ feature, alert them of the danger, and inform them of the necessary precautions to take. Sometimes, only a few minutes are all that stands between safely evacuating and tragedy.

This app is very easy to use and uses very little memory space. As well as notifications about potential danger, “Emergency” also provides a “Toolkit” that turns the user’s phone into a flashlight, strobe light, or alarm. Also inside the Toolkit are basic first aid instructions and evacuation plans with rally points and escape routes. “Emergency” is a must-have for those that live in areas prone to inclement weather or have loved ones that do. Download it today at the Google Play Store and Apple Store.

 

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Red Cross Volunteers Helped 21 People This Past Weekend

American Red Cross volunteers had a very busy weekend helping residents after multiple homes in southern Nevada caught fire. These home fires occurred throughout the Las Vegas area between Friday, April 10 and Sunday, April 12. The Red Cross assisted 21 people and also multiple dogs, cats and other family pets.

Red Cross volunteers were dispatched to 5 different locations throughout the Las Vegas area due to home fires that left the residences uninhabitable. The volunteers that responded to the disasters provided the displaced residents with the means to immediately get food, clothing and safe shelter.

Client caseworkers will be in contact with these people to determine what kind of other needs they may have. These other needs may include backpacks for children to go to school with or medicine prescriptions that have been destroyed. These items help get a family back on its feet and help them start to rebuild their lives.

Red Cross volunteers are ordinary citizens that do extraordinary things to help their community. They are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Red Cross could not function without the dedicated volunteers and generous donors that help support its Mission.

There are many ways to get involved with the Red Cross. Visit the southern Nevada Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/nv/las-vegas to learn more about the services provided. Become a Red Cross volunteer or donor, today!

5-3-12 NW apartment fire

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Red Cross and Partners Kick Off 2015 Safe Pools Rule Campaign

The American Red Cross is proud to be partnering with the Henderson Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue to promote pool safety. Poolside accidents are one of the leading causes of preventable fatalities in southern Nevada. On average, 7 people die every year from drowning in a pool, and more often than not, the victims are younger than 4 years old.

The Red Cross, Henderson Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue will be participating in a mass ‘Walk and Knock’ campaign that will deliver pool safety information directly to residents. This campaign will teach residents the A, B, C and D’s of drowning prevention.

  • Adult supervision
  • Barriers to be placed around the pool
  • Classes like CPR training and swim lessons
  • Devices that can save lives such as live vests or other flotation devices

“This initiative is a grassroots effort to ensure pool safety in the Henderson and Las Vegas communities,” said President of Henderson Firefighters, Dan Pentkowski. “Each year, the Henderson firefighters reach over 8,000 homes, raising awareness on drowning prevention through the mass ‘walk and knock’ efforts. This year, we are hoping to more than double that number by bringing on Las Vegas firefighters.”

The ‘Walk and Knock’ campaign will start at 10 am on Saturday, April 11from Henderson Fire Station #94 off of Valle Verde Drive. Another ‘Walk and Knock’ campaign will be scheduled for the Las Vegas area in May.

Check out the ‘Safe Pools Rule’ Public Service Announcement that will be aired throughout the summer by clicking this link.

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Red Cross Announces Video Contest Winners!

The month of March is recognized every year as “Red Cross Month.” This year, the Red Cross in southern Nevada held a video contest for people or groups to share how they experience the Red Cross in their lives.

All the videos submitted were great, but we could only pick one. This year’s “March Is Red Cross Month” Video Contest winners are the members of the Red Cross club at Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas, NV. President of the club, Angel Vasquez, and 10 others, made a video that highlights the spirit of the Red Cross – helping others in times of need.

The video can be found at the bottom of this post. All of the participants in the video will receive Red Cross prizes. Congratulations to everyone.

Thank you all for your submissions. And remember, you don’t have to wait for a contest to show your Red Cross spirit and to highlight the fun activities that you experience when doing Red Cross work. Help us to showcase the great work that you do for the Red Cross by sharing.

Red Cross contests are not over yet. There is still time to submit a drawing for the southern Nevada Red Cross Pin Contest. Details can be found here.

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Spring Into Action and Donate Blood With the Red Cross

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood. Locations for blood drives in the southern Nevada area can be found at the bottom of this post.

Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component, and are always needed by hospitals.

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

To find a donation opportunity or 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).

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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Henderson

4/16/2015: 7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Service Master, 7380 Eastgate Road

4/18/2015: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Henderson Nevada Green Valley Stake, 410 North Valle Verde Dr

4/19/2015: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., MOPAR NV, 275 Auto Mall Dr

4/25/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Green Valley United Methodist Church, 2200 Robindale Road

4/25/2015: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1500 Amador Lane

4/26/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St Peter the Apostle Church, 204 S. Boulder Hwy

4/29/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Nevada State College, 1125 Nevada State Dr

 

Las Vegas

4/7/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Associated Builders and Contractors, 5070 Arville St.

4/8/2015: 8:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center, 6900 N Durango Dr

4/8/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

4/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Milan Institute, 710 S. Tonopah Drive

4/9/2015: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Milan Institute, 710 S. Tonopah Drive

4/11/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Las Vegas Nevada Lone Mountain Stake, 8801 W. Alexander

4/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Gaudin Ford, 6625 Roy Horn Way

4/13/2015: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., The Venue Apartment, 5035 East Russell Road

4/16/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., College of Southern Nevada-Charleston, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd.

4/17/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Le Cordon Bleu, 1451 Center Crossing Road

4/22/2015: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N Buffalo Dr.

4/24/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, 3186 S. Maryland Parkway

4/25/2015: 10:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., Sunrise Library, 5400 E. Harris Ave.

4/28/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Las Ventanas Retirement Community, 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.

4/28/2015: 10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Nevada Career Institute, 3231 N. Decatur Blvd, Ste 119

4/28/2015: 3:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Nevada Career Institute, 3231 N. Decatur Blvd, Ste 119

5/2/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Ave

 

Mesquite

4/22/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mesquite Library, 121 W First North St

 

North Las Vegas

4/14/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., ITT Technical Institute, 3825 W. Cheyenne Ave, #600

4/15/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., ITT Technical Institute, 3825 W. Cheyenne Ave, #600

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Red Cross Offers OSHA Approved Training for Workers

American goods are known to be among the highest quality products in world. This is made possible by the hard work and high standards set by the workers in American factories and construction sites. The same standards must be applied towards keeping those workers safe while they are on the job.

The American Red Cross has partnered with Summit Training Source, which is an OSHA approved provider. Together, they are offering a 10 hour and 30 hour OSHA training program for workers in general industry and the construction industry.

The 10 hour program offers a broad overview of the role OSHA plays in the workplace safety. The 30 hour program is for supervisors and offers a more in-depth coverage of worker’s rights and hazard recognition, abatement and prevention. Refresher courses are also available for workers in the construction industry.

Participants that successfully pass a course will receive an “OSHA Card.” Often times, these certifications are required for certain work sites, insurance, and job bids. Volume discounts are available for training 5 people or more. Enroll in a program by visiting this website and select the one that is right for you and your team.

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