Staying safe in today’s longer, hotter summers

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

Prepare With Pedro Teaches Young Children What To Do In An Emergency

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

How the Red Cross is preparing for The Big One

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

Lessons to be learned before the next tsunami hits

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