#NationalVolunteerWeek – People Making a Difference in Our Community

Thank you to all of the Southern Nevadans that donate their time to the many great causes around the valley and the 550+ volunteers who dedicate their time to the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada.  

These are the men and women who respond to disasters in the middle of the night, or the caseworker who helps reconnect families torn apart by war or conflict.  Red Cross volunteers impact many lives each and every day.

There are many different opportunities to volunteer with the American Red Cross.  Volunteer positions include Disaster Responders, Smoke Alarm Installers, Veteran Hiring Assistants, Caseworkers, Pillowcase Project Preparedness Instructors, Public Affairs, Front Desk Receptionists, General Volunteers, and much more! 

People interested in volunteering can visit www.redcross.org/volunteer and follow the steps to register.  Questions on the volunteer process can be answered by calling our Volunteer Placement team at (702) 531-0241.  

If the Red Cross isn’t your passion, there are many great organizations in Southern Nevada to get involved with.  United Way, Salvation Army, Goodwill, Three Square Food Bank, Opportunity Village, to name a few.  Visit their websites and find out how you can make Southern Nevada a better community for all!

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Smoke Alarm Installers Needed

Join the American Red Cross initiative of reducing injuries and fatalities from home fires by joining our Home Fire Preparedness team as a Smoke Alarm Installer. 

To apply, go to www.redcross.org/southernnevada, click on the ‘Volunteer’ tab, and fill out the application!  Our Smoke Alarm Installers go to canvassing events as well as fulfill appointments made through the Smoke Alarm Installation Hotline. 

Smoke Alarm Installers will receive training from Red Cross officials upon the completion of the volunteer process.  Equipment and smoke alarms will also be provided by the Red Cross.  Smoke Alarm Installers should dress comfortably by wearing closed toed, comfortable walking shoes and loose clothes that allow free movement. 

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The American Red Cross Wants You to be Safe from Wildfires and Home Fires

The onset of spring brings welcome warmer temperatures. As we now begin to enjoy the warmer weather it is important to remember that warmer temperatures also mean the arrival of wildfire season.

The US Bureau of Land Management Nevada  lists the following recommendations on reducing wildfires this season:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit).
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
  • Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
  • Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.
  • Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting.
  • Open burning (e.g. weeds, brush and yard debris).

When in the path of a wildfire fire it’s crucial that you do what’s needed to keep you and your family safe. The American Red Cross offers a free “Red Cross Emergency App” that allows you to have access to real time information on shelter locations, weather alerts, preparedness information and critical safety tips.

The Emergency App contains expert advice detailing what you should do during a wildfire, flood, tornado, or other disaster. You will also find emergency first aid and life saving information for a variety of situations including heart attacks and heat-related emergencies, as well as important water safety tips.

The Red Cross Emergency App is free and can be downloaded for smartphones and tablets, and has the added benefit of pre-loaded content – that means that you can access this information at any time – with or without mobile connectivity. You can download the Emergency App from your app store, or find it by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

The Red Cross also offers “Be Red Cross Ready – Wildfire Safety Checklist” -another great resource on how to get prepared prior to fire season, what to do when fires are reported in your area, and how to stay safe when returning to your home after a wildfire. Check out the link to access this important information.

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Wildfires are not the only fire risk during warmer seasons. Home fires can occur year round and the Red Cross wants to ensure your home and family are safe. It is important to check your home for potential fire hazards and to remove items that pose a risk. The Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help you be prepared and prevent home fires:

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

When a home fire does occur you can save the life of your loved ones by ensuring that you have working smoke alarms and a well defined, well practiced escape plan in place.

“60% of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms” ~ The American Red Cross

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. Make sure to re-test your detector once per month and replace the batteries every six months.  You can get a smoke alarm for FREE when you call your local Red Cross Smoke Alarm Hotline at 702-697-1707.

For more information please visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fireor call (702) 791-3311 for more great tips. 

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Red Cross Month – Turn & Test (Turn Your Clocks and Test Your Smoke Alarms)

We want everyone to TURN & TEST on Sunday, March 13.  That is where you turn your clocks ahead one hour and test all of the smoke alarms in your home.  Simply follow the instructions, which are usually on or next to the device itself, to test your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside of every bedroom.  We don’t smell smoke while asleep, so it is imperative that they devices are working at all times!  If your smoke alarms are malfunctioning, not positioned correctly, or if you simply don’t have enough (or any), give us a call at (702) 697-1707 to get smoke alarms installed for absolutely FREE!

Home fires are one of the most unexpected incidents that could take place in your home. It is a scary and dangerous situation to be in when you are not sure of what to do. At the American Red Cross, we encourage you to be prepared for situations like this. The American Red Cross encourages for you to take two simple steps in ensuring the safety of yourself and your family to prevent a home fire.

  1. Practice your 2-minute drill – Make sure your family can safely escape a home fire in under 2 minutes.
  2. Have working smoke alarms – Make sure you and your family are alerted when a fire is detected. If the smoke alarm isn’t working, change the batteries or get a new one!

You can keep your family safe with these two simple steps. To learn more, visit http://www.redcross.org/local/nv/las-vegas/home-fire

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Red Cross Month: Preparedness, Health & Safety Services

What happens when you witness a car crash, or see someone have a heart attack?  The Red Cross offers classes like CPR, First Aid, AED so you can have the skills needed to save a life.  Our outstanding first responders here in Southern Nevada may take only 4 minutes to get to the scene, but sometimes, a Good Samaritan may be the difference between life and death.

During Red Cross Month, we hope that you register for a class and learn what to do in case of emergency.  We want to empower everyone to be able to step in and help someone else in need.  Visit redcross.org/take-a-class to register today!

In addition to taking a class, we encourage you to visit the Google Play Store and Apple Store and download the Red Cross Emergency App.  This app gives you preparedness tips, CPR & First Aid Instructions, and a plethora of other tools in the palm of your hand.  The Emergency App also sends extreme weather updates directly to your phone so you can be prepared in real-time.  

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Join the ‘Helpers’ During Red Cross Month

Every President of the United States since the 1940s has designated March as Red Cross Month.  This year, the Mayors of the City of Las Vegas, City of Henderson, and City of North Las Vegas as well as the Commissioners of Clark County have all signed proclamations designating March as Red Cross Month.  Here’s how the American Red Cross helps people in their communities each and every day:

  • The Red Cross responds to a disaster in Southern Nevada every 20 hours, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected.
  • The Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families here at home and around the world.
  • The Red Cross distributed 69,900 units of blood to 9 of the 13 local Las Vegas area hospitals
  • The Red Cross trains nearly 55 Southern Nevadans every day in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills.

Visit redcross.org/southernnevada to donate or volunteer with the American Red Cross and make a difference in our community!

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Become Red Cross Ready this March!

Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time. By becoming “Red Cross Ready” you can ensure that you have the skills and tools to be prepared.

Get a First Aid and Safety Kit

It’s crucial to have first aid and safety tools on hand when you need them. By visiting http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit you can get a safety kit to have at the ready when you need it.

Have a Plan

Too often we put off having a plan in place for an emergency. By preparing ahead of time for home fires, injuries and other emergencies you can make sure you’re ready to respond quickly. Ensure you’re ready by having well planned escape routes and by making sure everyone in your family knows where safety supplies are kept.

Learn CPR,AED, and First Aid

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Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. 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 to get the skills you need.

Download a Red Cross Safety Checklist

The Red Cross offers safety checklists to help you prepare for several possible emergencies. By visiting http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library you can download any of these checklists and have preparedness tools ready at your fingertips.

Download 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.

By taking simple measures you can ensure you are well prepared to handle emergencies and disasters!

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