What Are They Saying About Red Cross Mobile Apps?

by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer From how to be safe and prepared in an emergency to how to take care of your pet, the American Red Cross has a suite of apps for mobile devices that includes something for everyone. Emergency App The all-inclusive Emergency App combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help … Continue reading What Are They Saying About Red Cross Mobile Apps?

How the Red Cross is Preparing for Wildfire Season During a Pandemic

By Hannah Huelin-Meek California wildfire seasons are scary enough, now add in a pandemic, economic uncertainties, and social distancing. These challenges in 2020 have made the American Red Cross look at how we respond to disasters of all kinds with a different lens. Purposeful planning and preparedness are critical to ensuring that public health and … Continue reading How the Red Cross is Preparing for Wildfire Season During a Pandemic

Wildfire Preparedness During a Pandemic

Wildfires can be nearly as impossible to prevent, and as difficult to control, as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. The fall wildfire season typically begins mid-October and continues through December. Fires can happen any time of year, but there is a higher risk during this period because of low-humidity and other fire-conducive conditions. With millions of homes near … Continue reading Wildfire Preparedness During a Pandemic

Red Cross Nurses in Action

by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, and the American Red Cross is pleased to highlight the vital role our nurses play in helping to achieve our humanitarian mission. In the spring of 2019, Nadine Frankel found herself at a Red Cross shelter in Little Rock, Arkansas, volunteering as the … Continue reading Red Cross Nurses in Action

Volunteers Continue Disaster Response During COVID-19

By Skylar Karle, Public Affairs Intern At the American Red Cross, volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Our volunteers always answer the call to serve the community, whether that be by responding to a home fire or installing smoke alarms in homes. In Central California, volunteers like Armando Soliz of the Kern … Continue reading Volunteers Continue Disaster Response During COVID-19

¿En Qué Puedo Ayudarle?

Helping the Red Cross Help the Community By Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer Volunteering with the Mass Care team in 2013, David Dees was the only Spanish speaking worker at a Red Cross emergency shelter set up for victims displaced by a structure fire in Oxnard. “I was completely overloaded,” David recalls. “The fire had … Continue reading ¿En Qué Puedo Ayudarle?

Writer, Motivational Speaker, and Red Cross Volunteer – Meet J.D. Slajchert

by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer I immediately spotted J.D. as I approached the coffee shop for our meet up – he kind of sticks out from the crowd. I mean he’s literally a whole head taller than everybody else. I also noticed that he was looking down - just like everyone else sitting at … Continue reading Writer, Motivational Speaker, and Red Cross Volunteer – Meet J.D. Slajchert

Red Cross Volunteers Helping Their Neighbors Affected by California Wildfires

By Diane Concannon The American Red Cross continues to provide relief to people affected by the Woolsey Fire in southern California with shelter, food and comfort. As evacuation orders are lifted and people are able to return to affected areas, the Red Cross is there with them. Drew and Amanda Haver are two of the … Continue reading Red Cross Volunteers Helping Their Neighbors Affected by California Wildfires

Keeping Pets and Owners Together in Wake of the Ferguson Fire

Red Cross and CCADT shelter over 500 pets of wildfire evacuees [Photo Credit: American Red Cross] Fleeing from wildfires can be traumatic and having pets close has been proven to reduce stress and comfort owners driven from their homes by fire. This inspired Katrina Poitras, Central Valley Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, working with Naomi … Continue reading Keeping Pets and Owners Together in Wake of the Ferguson Fire

Red Cross Delivers Letters of Love to Firefighters Battling the Ferguson Blaze

By Will Washburn & Jillian Robertson Firefighters come from far away to battle wildfires burning across the state. This means faster response to out of control blazes, but it also means long separations from friends and loved ones. The Red Cross Central Valley chapter is working to change that. Katrina Poitras, Red Cross Central Valley … Continue reading Red Cross Delivers Letters of Love to Firefighters Battling the Ferguson Blaze