September is National Preparedness Month. It's the perfect time for kids to learn how to stay safe when an emergency strikes, to practice what they learn and to share their knowledge with family members and friends.
“We wanted to do outreach in a community that had been evacuated because of a wildfire and be sensitive to that, while also providing wildfire information, home fire information and just general community information,” said Christen.
By Gordon Williams Torrid summer days can leave you feeling sweltering, sweaty, and just plain wiped out. Heat can also expose you to illnesses that range from heat stroke to heart disease. In carrying out its mission to teach preparedness to one and all, the American Red Cross warns, “Extreme heat is deadly and kills … Continue reading Staying safe in today’s longer, hotter summers
By V. Squires, American Red Cross Volunteer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mdYOhQ9-jA Pedro saves the day! Six year-old Luke is in his bedroom when the smoke alarm sounds - BEEP-BEEP-BEEP! Thanks to the American Red Cross, Luke knows exactly what to do! September is Disaster Preparedness Month and a perfect time to instruct children on how to prepare for … Continue reading Prepare With Pedro Teaches Young Children What To Do In An Emergency
By Gordon Williams All along the Pacific Coast, mid-June is time for CR22--this year’s version of the disaster drill known as Cascadia Rising. Emergency managers from California to Alaska--including disaster response experts from the American Red Cross--are using the drill to revise and refine how they would react to the event widely described as “The Big … Continue reading How the Red Cross is preparing for The Big One
August 18, 2016. Denham Springs, Louisiana. Tears fill Fondas eyes as she ran, arms opens, from her flooded Louisiana home. Her first request? I want a hug, says Fonda Buckley as she embraces Red Cross volunteer Cora Lee. Photo by: Marko Kokic/American Red Cross By Gordon Williams Among the lessons seniors can take away from … Continue reading How a personal support group can help in a disaster
Working smoke alarms can save lives, which is why the Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign in 2014 — to reduce home fire deaths by installing alarms in homes that lack them.
By Gordon Williams The changing season in Washington state means that milder, drier days are just ahead. It also means it’s time to renew your defenses against the coming wildfire season. The state saw over 1,600 wildfires in 2021, which burned more than 675,000 acres. There is no reason to think the 2022 fire season … Continue reading Safeguarding your home from Wildfire Season
If you are in a landslide danger zone, know about indicators that could warn of a slide in the making.
A tsunami warning sign is prominently placed near the Bremerton ferry dock in Washington State. By Gordon Williams Fortunately, the mid-January tsunami triggered by an undersea volcanic eruption near the Pacific nation of Tonga caused only minor flooding along the Washington seacoast. Ocean waves never topped three feet and never swept inland to threaten coastal … Continue reading Lessons to be learned before the next tsunami hits