“Alexa, How Can the Red Cross Help?”

by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer Accessing life-saving information and tools from the Red Cross is easier than ever. Our award-winning suite of free smartphone apps already put Red Cross content at your fingertips. Now, all you have to do is ask Alexa! Skills for Alexa now include critical first aid instruction, putting free and … Continue reading “Alexa, How Can the Red Cross Help?”

Sew Many Ways to Help!

by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer When Vikki Hunt saw the request for Red Cross volunteers to support a local feeding program back in April, she initially jumped at the chance to pitch in. That’s just the way she is – always ready to lend a hand. But as news of the pandemic continued to … Continue reading Sew Many Ways to Help!

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

Our Commitment Never Wavers

★★★★★ Since March of 2019, our Red Cross Central California volunteers have earned the highest rating for their Service to the Armed Forces. The military members, veterans and families served gave an Excellent Rating to our volunteers 76.5% of the time. Client satisfaction just doesn't get much better than that and here are the numbers … Continue reading Our Commitment Never Wavers

What it Means to be a Red Cross Nurse

By Skylar Karle, Public Affairs Intern Nurses have always been a pivotal part of the American Red Cross mission. For many decades, nurses were the public face of the Red Cross and provided disaster relief services and support across our nation. Here in the Central California Region, we want to take a moment to recognize … Continue reading What it Means to be a Red Cross Nurse

Answering the Call — One Nurse’s Journey to Care for Others

By Cindy Huge, Public Affairs Volunteer For nurses, it is simply in their nature to help others during their greatest need. For Louise Kolar, RN, of the Kern County & Eastern Sierra Chapter, she has touched thousands of lives through her work as a nurse and Red Cross volunteer. After a family experienced a home … Continue reading Answering the Call — One Nurse’s Journey to Care for Others

Nurse Liz Odle Finds Joy in Helping Others

By Tom Horan, Public Affairs Volunteer If she had not attended a Volunteer Recognition Event in 2006, Liz Odle would probably not have spent the last 14 years helping others in times of disaster. “I was a working nurse and volunteer First Aid CPR instructor for the Red Cross.” states Liz, who became an instructor … Continue reading Nurse Liz Odle Finds Joy in Helping Others