Safety Tips – Earthquakes

Earthquakes are the disaster you cannot wait to prepare for.  Often times, they strike out of nowhere.  They can strike during day or at night, in the summertime or dead of winter, and just about anywhere in Nevada.  There is no ‘Doppler Radar’ that will show us exactly when, where or how an earthquake will hit.  This is why, we all need to prepare for ‘The Big One.’

Plan Ahead

Build an emergency kit.  Have a 3 day supply of food and water for every person and pet in the household, as well as a 7 day supply of any medication.  Other supplies to have in your emergency kit are blankets, first-aid kits, batteries, flashlights, whistle, and a hand-crank radio.

Make a plan.  Know where you are going to meet and practice 2 safe routes to get there.  You never know what kind of damage an earthquake may cause, and which roads are impassable.

What to do during an Earthquake

Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On.  Drop to the ground, get under something that can cover you, and hold on to it so it doesn’t shake away.  If you cannot drop under anything, cover your head and torso and move away from walls, mounter mirrors, and top-heavy furniture.

If you are Outside

Move as little as possible.  Find an area that is away from buildings, power lines, and streetlights.  Drop to the ground and do not move until the shaking stops.

If you are in a vehicle, pull over to an area that is clear.  Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops.  Once the shaking has stopped, avoid bridges, overpasses and powerlines.  They may have been compromised during the earthquake.

Everything in this post can also be found on the Red Cross Emergency App.  Download this app for free and get live updates on weather, disasters, and shelters in your area.  Also, this app comes equipped with a toolkit that includes a flashlight, siren, and strobe-light feature.   Download now in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Also, visit the State of Nevada’s Division of Emergency Management page for other tips on preparing for disaster and YOUR local Emergency Manager.

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Aquatics Centennial: $5 Swim Lessons are Back!

For the second straight year, the Red Cross and the City of Las Vegas are partnering up to offer Red Cross Aquatics courses for children for only $5 and celebrate over 100 Years of Red Cross Water Safety Instruction.

Get your kiddos signed up by calling (702) 229-PLAY or visit

  • Baker Pool (1100 E. St. Louis Ave | 702-229-1532)
  • Doolittle Pool (1940 N. J St. | 702-229-6398)
  • Carlos L. Martinez & Darrio J. Hall Family Pool at Gary Reece Freedom Park (889 N. Pecos | 702-229-1755)

Last year, we taught nearly 600 kids water safety kids.  We want to teach even more kids this year the importance of being safe in and around pools, lakes, and any other body of water.

The Red Cross aquatics program was first formed in 1914, and was part of the Red Cross Life Saving Corp. This program inspired one of the first life-saving stations to be made on Pablo Beach, Florida. Now, the Red Cross aquatics program teaches millions of people across the country basic water competency skills. Some of the criteria are:

  • Step or jump into the water over your head and then return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute
  • Turn around in a full circle and find an exit
  • Swim at least 25 yards to an exit
  • Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using a ladder

Learn more about water safety skills and techniques here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS


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Make an Impact and Become a Red Cross Volunteer

The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada is searching for people that want to make an impact in the community.  People with all different talents, skills, and availability are invited to fill out an application at and find out how you can make a difference!

Disaster Services:  Help with home fire preparedness campaign by installing smoke alarms or respond to local disasters as part of the Disaster Action Team.

Volunteer Services:  Help train, onboard, and recruit potential volunteers into each line of service.

Service to the Armed Forces:  Provide services, such as family follow-ups, to military members and their families.

International Services:  Help families reconnect when they become separated by war, conflict, or a natural disaster.

Biomedical Services: Volunteer at a local blood drive or host a blood drive at your school or place of work.

Preparedness, Health, & Safety Services:  Learn how to save a life and then teach those skills (CPR, First Aid, AED) in our community!

Public Affairs: Tell the Red Cross story through blog posts, social media campaigns, photos, or working directly with the media.

It may seem like a lot, but these are only a few of the opportunities available at the Red Cross.  We have even more opportunities available that are not listed!  Let us know what your interests are, or areas in which you want to help out, and we will do everything we can to make it work.

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During Military Appreciation Month, take a look at our Service to the Armed Forces (SAF)

The Red Cross has been supporting the brave men and women through the Service to the Armed Forces Program (SAF) since the 1800s.  Read the rest of this blog and get a brief over view of our services or visit to become a volunteer!

Deployment Services

Upon deployment, whether it is the first or one of many, the Red Cross offers information and workshops to help prepare for the practical and emotional challenges ahead. From putting together a communication plan, to emergency preparedness -these workshops can help bring peace of mind for those being deployed and their families.

Emergency Communications Services

The Red Cross connects families to their service member serving abroad by providing communication support.  When a disaster strikes at home, the Red Cross will help keep the service member informed.

Information and Referral Services

The Red Cross can connect service members and their families with community partners to assist with urgent needs.  The Red Cross is committed to helping service members abroad, but also when they return home.

Financial Assistance

The Red Cross works with military aid associations to get emergency financial support to service members and their families, when that support is needed most.

Reconnection Workshops

Positively reconnecting back into civilian life is important after deployment. Service members can gain support reintegrating through courses, workshops and small groups.


How Can You Help?

Volunteer in one of the many services we provide our military members.  Visit and fill out an application.  Let us know that you are interested in SAF!

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#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 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, 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

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 call (702) 791-3311 for more great tips. 

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