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

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Help for Honing your Earthquake Survival Skills

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By Gordon Williams

The Great Washington ShakeOut–the moment each year when we’re supposed to practice our earthquake survival skills–comes this year at 10:19 a.m. on Thursday, October 19.

Keeping your drop, cover and hold-on skills up to speed is a pretty compelling notion in a region where earthquakes are all too common. As the state Emergency Management Division reminds us,“Washington is earthquake country. It’s not a question of ‘if’ but ’when’ an earthquake will strike us.” Continue reading

A Long Trek from the Northwest to Help Hurricane Victims

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By Gordon Williams

Published on September 11, 2017

Key West, Florida is 2,722 miles from Seattle–about as far apart as two cities in the continental United States can be. Yet that distance proved to be no obstacle when volunteers from the Northwest Region joined the army of Red Cross workers heading south to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. Continue reading

Best Friends–Now Red Cross Teammates

By Sara Shager

Photos by Betsy Robertson1

American Red Cross volunteers Linda Strong and Betty Jackson have been associated with the  Greater Inland Northwest Chapter  in Wenatchee for three years this fall. “It’s so heartwarming to help the people who have just lived  through a disaster,” says Betty. “The volunteer work we do with the Red Cross  is so rewarding.” Continue reading