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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Coping With Disasters in Our Own Backyard

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By Gordon Williams

It wasn’t a disaster on the scale of hurricanes Harvey or Irma, but for residents of the Carriage House apartments in SeaTac, WA, the fire that tore through the building on a recent Friday night was a disaster just the same. As with Harvey and Irma, it brought out the Red Cross to help the victims. Continue reading

Best Friends–Now Red Cross Teammates

By Sara Shager

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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

Sounding the Alarm for her Neighbors

By: Dale Steinke

Photos by: Betsy Robertson

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If someone offered to put something in your house that might save your family’s life at some point over the next 10 years… and do it for free, would you take advantage of it?

When Gretchen Atkinson, chairman of Shoreline’s Meridian Park Neighborhood Association, learned about how people could get free smoke alarms installed through the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, she took it upon herself to make sure people in her community had a chance to sign up. Continue reading

Sounding the Alarm in Lake Wenatchee

By: Betsy Robertson

Lake Wenatchee is a unique community, located about 20 miles east of Stevens Pass, arguably providing the very best of what our northwest lifestyle has to offer. Residents and weekenders are presented with year-round recreation, including cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, camping, hiking, fly fishing … the list goes on.

It’s what attracted a former Seattle Police Captain and South Precinct Commander, Bill Moffat to the area. He did and still loves to ski. But retirement in Lake Wenatchee is providing more activity than he ever dreamed. Continue reading

Local Survivor Combats Risk with Readiness

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The Red Cross recently installed smoke alarms in several mobile homes in the Port Susan Camping Club in Tulalip, Washington. The need for working smoke alarms in close-quartered camping clubs is extremely high. The forest surrounding the club increases the risk of fires spreading from home to home. As volunteers finished one of the installations, a club member shared her escape plan. Continue reading