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?
Nine students from the University of Washington School of Nursing spent this fall in their community health nursing clinical rotation helping Snohomish County kids and adults be more prepared for emergencies.
In the process, they built up critical knowledge they’ll need once they become nurses. Continue reading →
Whether it’s aiding the victims of some far-off disaster or providing vital services to clients closer to home, the Red Cross relies on volunteers.
But what makes someone volunteer — giving their time and often more to help people who are likely total strangers? Volunteering at the Red Cross could mean driving just a few miles to a local office. But it could also mean flying thousands of miles to work under harsh conditions in an area wracked by storm or flood or wildfire. Continue reading →
Would you like your kids to become savvier and safer in the water? There’s an online Red Cross application that can help teach youngsters to swim and track their progress while they learn. Continue reading →