Gail3By Gordon Williams

Gail Fraser Chanpong of Port Ludlow, WA is an avid Red Cross volunteer in the Northwest Region’s Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas Chapter. She teaches first aid, CPR and preparedness and takes part in blood drives. When the Red Cross Sound the Alarm smoke alarm campaign kicks off next spring, she will be leading the initiative in Jefferson County. Continue reading




By Gordon Williams

For most Red Cross volunteers, deployment is an interlude in their life–a few weeks in a disaster zone, helping victims of storm or flood or wildfire. For volunteer Haya Khateeb of Wenatchee, WA, deployment in the wake of Hurricane Irma was an odyssey–lasting nearly six weeks and taking her from Wenatchee to Georgia to Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands.   Continue reading

Young Philanthropist Works to Help Hurricane Victims 


Albert Lam (left) and a friend at Babson College’s Entrepreneurial Development Experience, Boston, MA, 2016

By Amy McCray

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Albert Lam wanted to help those in need. He thought about how he could be supportive and came up with an idea: to set up a fund and sell pencils monogrammed with the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund name to raise money. He asked his parents, Hao and Lisa Lam, for their advice and they were very supportive. They funded the pencils and let Albert direct all of the proceeds to his relief fund.  Continue reading

Why Deployment Was Different for This Volunteer


By Gordon Williams


When Red Cross volunteer Mauri Shuler of Olympia, WA deployed to the California wildfires last month, she found much about the experience old and familiar but some of it new and challenging.


Flying into a disaster scene is nothing new for Mauri. She did it many times in her years as a broadcaster and producer for ABC and NBC. She spent seven years as a producer for NBC News, based in Burbank, CA and covering Central and South America.  “I went to all the war zones and disasters they could send me to,” she says. Among the disasters she covered was the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that killed at least 5,000 people.  Continue reading

Volunteer Returns to his Roots to Survey Harvey’s Damage


By Dale Steinke

Technology, including a new phone app, helped Walla Walla retiree William “Bill” Herrington and his fellow American Red Cross volunteers complete numerous home damage assessments and find their way around the Texas Gulf Coast to support Hurricane Harvey relief. Continue reading

Make Fire Prevention Week a Week of Fire Safety Lessons

By Gordon Williams

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 this year, and Lisa Braxton of the National Fire Protection Association thinks it is a great time for parents to drill kids–young kids especially–in the lessons of fire safety. Braxton, in the Public Education Division of the NFPA, lays out a five-night set of fire safety exercises the whole family can take part in. Continue reading

Helping to Heal the Emotional Scars of Hurricane Harvey


By Gordon Williams

The task of most Red Cross volunteers in a disaster zone is to provide victims with food, water and shelter. The task of volunteer Ginger Van Ry in a disaster zone is to provide skilled emotional support to victims whose response to disaster can range from stoic acceptance to deep, crippling depression. Continue reading