Making the most of the Great Washington ShakeOut

By Gordon Williams Washington is earthquake country, which makes October 21st a red-letter day if you live within the reaches of the American Red Cross Northwest Region. That’s the date of this year’s Great Washington ShakeOut and an estimated 1.1 million residents of Washington and northern Idaho will spend time practicing the skills needed to … Continue reading Making the most of the Great Washington ShakeOut

Wildfire smoke is more dangerous than you thought

Smoke from a wildfire in Pierce County WA, September 2020 By Gordon Williams  You’re familiar with the adage, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” But did you know that by reversing that to “where there’s fire there’s smoke”, you can help safeguard your long-term health? Read on… The 2021 wildfire season is off to a fast … Continue reading Wildfire smoke is more dangerous than you thought

Making the most of volcano preparedness month in Washington

By Gordon Williams May is Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington State--a reminder that Mount St, Helens blew its top on a day in May in 1980, and a chance to learn how to coexist with the state’s array of dangerously active volcanoes. In announcing Volcano Preparedness Month, the U,S. Geological Survey (USGS) says the event … Continue reading Making the most of volcano preparedness month in Washington

Prepare now for this year’s threatening wildfire season

A hillside on fire as seen from Brewster, WA, September 2020 By Gordon Williams  In most years, wildfires don’t become a serious threat in Washington until mid-summer when the days heat up and vegetation dries out. Things seem to be going a different way in 2021, with fires coming much earlier and much more frequently … Continue reading Prepare now for this year’s threatening wildfire season

How our virtual Home Fire Campaign can help save lives

April 27, 2019. Capitol Heights, Maryland. Photo by Dennis Drenner/American Red Cross By Gordon Williams  The intent of the Red Cross Home Fire campaign is straightforward enough: to reduce home fire deaths by teaching fire safety lessons and by installing smoke alarms in households that don't have them.   If times were normal, Red Cross … Continue reading How our virtual Home Fire Campaign can help save lives