By Gordon Williams
A simple mistake turned what might have been a routine New York City apartment house fire into a tragedy that took more than a dozen lives.
Finding her kitchen in flames, a woman grabbed her children and fled her apartment – leaving the front door wide open. That let the flames spread into the hallway and up the stairwells until the entire five-story building was engulfed in flames. Before the fire was extinguished, 12 people were dead, four critically injured and more than 40 survivors were left homeless on a bitterly cold night. A 13th person died later.
So what should you do in those critical few minutes between the time you discover a fire and when the fire department arrives?
Humanitarian at Heart:
At the age of 15 I went on my first humanitarian trip to Romania; followed by 5 more throughout high school and just after. I found that I had a true passion for humanitarian aid/disaster relief and wanted to do more of it. Continue reading
I came to the Red Cross looking for an opportunity to contribute back to my community and help vulnerable people who are in need of immediate assistance. Continue reading
I was introduced to the Red Cross through my work and family, but I was drawn to volunteering because of the opportunity to help other people. When my company, Paul Davis Restoration, started getting more involved with the Red Cross, I got to see more of what volunteers were actually doing – how much their work made an impact, and I wanted to do that too. Continue reading
Four and a half years ago I moved to Spokane, WA from Austin, TX.
I always knew that I wanted to volunteer, I just needed the right opportunity. That came when the Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign in 2014. Continue reading
I initially came to the Red Cross in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member in South Puget Sound. Before then, I knew very little about the organization and how much impact it actually has on the communities it serves.
I fell in love with the idea that I could take part in helping people in need every day. I wasn’t stuck behind a desk, I was out in my community and I felt like I was truly giving back. Continue reading
I volunteer with American Red Cross because of its reputation and the services offered.
It’s a great organization that allows volunteers to give back to their local communities, to their country, and beyond. Continue reading