Red Cross Wants You To Design The New Chapter Pin

The Red Cross of southern Nevada is getting a new pin, and wants a resident of southern Nevada to design it!  The best design will be determined by a panel of Red Cross staff and volunteers.  The winner and their design will be featured in the latest edition of Red Cross Talk, a newsletter published by the Red Cross of southern Nevada.

The contest is open to anyone, and submissions can be sent by mail to 1771 E. Flamingo Rd, Suite 206-B in Las Vegas, NV or by email to frank.rutkowski@redcross.org .   Submissions are recommended to be in the form of a photo of a drawing or sketch.  They must also include a first name, email address, and phone number.

Entries must be received by April 20, 2015 to be considered.  The winner will be announced by April 23.  Examples of Pins from other Red Cross Chapters, as well as the previous Red Cross southern Nevada Pin are located at the bottom of this post.

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American Red Cross Proud to Participate in US Vets’ Las Vegas Veterans Stand Down

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Needed: Nevada Volunteers to Help Tell the Red Cross Story

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Nationwide, the American Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. That means a Red Cross volunteer mobilizes to make sure that a family is given the means to find shelter, food and clothing when they suddenly find themselves displaced.

Red Cross Public Affairs volunteers alert the media and our friends on social media that the Red Cross team is on the go, helping families to find their way back after the painful confusion that being displaced can bring. These highly trained volunteers work with local media as spokespersons during a large disaster, and send press releases and other information every time a Red Cross team is deployed. In doing so, we ensure that the community is notified when the Red Cross is in action.

These volunteers are also taught to tell the story in the digital space by posting to social media. Social media experts teach any new volunteers how to best leverage and post social media to again show the community when the Red Cross is on the move.

Volunteers work shifts – day, night or weekends, and are asked to volunteer at least 2 shifts per month.

An easy way to gain volunteer experience and hours, this volunteer capacity can also train you for working with the media.

Interested? Go to http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities#step1  Enter your zipcode, and select “Communications / PR” in the drop down menu.

Questions? Email frank.rutkowski@redcross.org

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Red Cross Reminder: Check Smoke Alarms When Clocks Spring Forward

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Daylight Saving Time is this weekend and when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take some steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said Scott Emerson, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

  • Check smoke alarm batteries. When turning the clocks ahead, take a few minutes to replace the smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. It’s also a great time to check carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.
  • Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
  • Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.
  • Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.

Home Fire Preparedness Campaign The Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters across the country every year and most of these are home fires. Tragically, some people lose their lives in these fires, countless others are injured. The Red Cross has launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

The campaign is happening all over the country and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.

If you don’t have a smoke alarm or need batteries, and would like a Red Cross volunteer to install them at no cost, please call 702-697-1707.

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Celebrate Red Cross Month by Donating Blood at a Local Blood Drive

President Barack Obama has declared the month of March as “Red Cross Month.”  In celebration of this proclamation, the Red Cross is asking southern Nevadans to give the gift of blood.  Nine of thirteen southern Nevada hospitals get their blood supply from Red Cross blood donors.

Giving blood is a simple and easy procedure and a single unit of blood donated can save up to 3 lives. The whole process can take under 45 minutes and the Red Cross works hard to make sure there are enough locations through Las Vegas to make it convenient for donors.

People that are ineligible to donate blood can help by organizing a blood drive, volunteering to assist with Red Cross activities, or creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive online at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp and asking others to make a lifesaving donation.  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).  The need is constant.

Following is a list of Red Cross Blood Drives in southern Nevada in March:

 

Henderson

3/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Inspirada Community Association, 2000 Via Firenze

3/8/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Congregation Ner Tamid, 55 N Valle Verde Dr

3/13/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mercedes of Henderson, 925 Auto Show Drive

3/17/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Roseman University, 11 Sunset Way

3/19/2015: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., MetLife, 1401 N Green Valley Parkway #250

Las Vegas

3/3/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave

3/4/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Desert Springs Hospital, 2075 E Flamingo Rd

3/7/2015: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Warm Springs Stake, 8670 Bruce Street

3/9/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Keller Williams, 6180 Brent Thurman Way, 100

3/10/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Camping World, 13175 Las Vegas Blvd. South

3/14/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sky Pointe Landing Apartments, 5850 Sky Pointe Drive

3/20/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

3/22/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Valley Bible Fellowship, 4500 W. Sahara Avenue

3/23/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lowe’s, 5825 S Eastern Ave.

3/24/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., LVMPD Northeast Area Command, 3750 Cecile Avenue

3/25/2015: 11:15 a.m. – 5 p.m., Circus Circus, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South

3/27/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Construction MD, 6226 S Sandhill

3/28/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Electrical Workers Union #357, 808 North Lamb Blvd.

3/28/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane, Suite 10

Mesquite

3/12/2015: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Primex Plastics, 752 Turtleback Road

North Las Vegas

3/29/2015: 7:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., St Christopher’s Church, 1840 N Bruce St

3/29/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., St Christopher’s Church, 1840 N Bruce St

Pahrump

3/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pahrump Valley High School, 501 E. Calvada

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Red Cross to Train Those Wishing to Become First Aid and CPR Instructors March 18-19

Emergencies happen every day, and in most cases, the difference between a life saved and a life lost may depend on whether care was administered in seconds and not minutes. In southern Nevada, The American Red Cross teaches over 14,000 people a year lifesaving skills like First Aid, CPR, and Aquatic Safety.

In order to make the community safer and teach these lifesaving skills to more people, the Red Cross is seeking individuals to become First Aid and CPR licensed instructors. On March 18-19, the Red Cross is offering a blended-learning course designed to train candidates to teach American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Aquatics courses.

Red Cross certified instructors can work within their organizations to teach lifesaving skills or they might choose to work as a Red Cross “Licensed Training Provider,” or LTP.  This advanced training creates an opportunity for an LTP to start a business that teaches First Aid and CPR to other people. Business applications that are approved for this unique opportunity become American Red Cross LTPs who teach Red Cross lifesaving curriculum.

People interested in signing up can register to take the course here.

 

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Enter the “March Is Red Cross Month” Video Contest!

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Tell Your Red Cross Story

March is Red Cross Month Video Contest

March is Red Cross Month, and we’d like to see what the Red Cross means to you.

Use your phones or cameras and make a short movie that explains your experience with the Red Cross, what you do for the Red Cross, or what the Red Cross has done for you.

We’d like to see your creativity and experience. Show us what you think the world needs to know about American Red Cross volunteers and the work that they do.

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Deadline for submittals is 3pm Pacific Time on March 20, 2015.

Tell a story that shows how you help the Red Cross Mission or how the Red Cross affects your life or your community. Your point of view or topic can come from many sources:

Student                                                             Volunteer                                               Disaster survivor

Funds Donor                                                   Blood Donor                                          Blood Recipient

Medical Professional                                     Fire or First Responder Professional/Department

First Aid Provider                                          First Aid Recipient                                Veteran

Service To Armed Forces Volunteer          Service to Armed Forces Recipient

Guidelines for participating:

  • No experience necessary – a great message counts, not necessarily how slick the video looks.
  • 15 seconds to 1 minute
  • Don’t use copy written music – if you use music, make sure that it’s free to use, or make it yourself in an app.
  • Don’t get in trouble – respect people and property.
  • Submit as many videos as you like – We’d love to see all your inspiring stories.
  • Try to have a Red Cross symbol in the video.
  • You can use movie apps.
  • Get permission of people in your video – if you’d like to use someone outside your group or family, please get their permission.
  • Submit your video by uploading it on YouTube or Vimeo and filling out the submission form attached below, and emailing the link and the form to Lloyd.ziel@redcross.org.
  • Prizes will be American Red Cross merchandise, and will be determined by the size of your team.

Submission form: MIRCM vid submission form

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