Answering the Call: New Exhibit Commemorates WWI at Red Cross National Headquarters

American Red Cross National Headquarters Building

January 29, 2013. Washington D.C. American Red Cross National Headquarters Building at 430 17th St. NW. Photo by Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio/American Red Cross

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I and a time of phenomenal growth for the American Red Cross.

This exceptional time in Red Cross history defined and helped create the organization we know today. To commemorate this event, a new exhibit, entitled Answering the Call, the American Red Cross in World War I, is on view at the historic Red Cross National Headquarters building in Washington, DC.

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Helping After Two Hurricanes in the Virgin Islands  

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By Gordon Williams

Photos by Amelia Iraheta

Amelia Iraheta of Seattle finds conditions harsh on St. Thomas, where she is part of the American Red Cross relief operation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wrecked homes and flooded streets are everywhere; there still are power lines down and there is a curfew to keep cars off the roads at night. Continue reading

How the Red Cross tends to Spiritual and Physical Needs

 

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Pictures by Tim Serban

Most disaster victims need more than just a meal and a safe place to sleep, says Portland, OR based Red Cross service area leader Tim Serban. They also need emotional and spiritual support to help them get through an ordeal that threatens to tear their lives apart. “They already know what happened,” says Serban. “Now they want to know why it happened and why such a terrible thing happened to them.” 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

Inspiring Families to be Safe

By Kristi Sanders

Photos by: Lucia Scordamaglia

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As an AmeriCorps member of the American Red Cross, my role is focused primarily on teaching kids and adults about Disaster and Home Fire Preparedness. So when presented with an invitation to participate in the annual King County Fire & Life Safety Association’s Kids Safety Day, my answer was an enthusiastic, yes! Continue reading

Partnering in Prevention

By: Sara Shager

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David Petersen, Assistant Fire Marshal Lake Stevens Fire

On Saturday, June 24, The American Red Cross and Lake Stevens Fire Department partnered to Sound the Alarm and save lives by installing more than 100 smoke alarms in the Connor Park Mobile Home Park in Lake Stevens, WA. Continue reading

Exercising the Red Cross sheltering muscle

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By: Betsy Robertson

Every nine minutes the American Red Cross is called to bring help and hope to people in need.  Most often that comes in the form of two volunteers providing immediate comfort and assistance to victims of a single family home fire. But what happens when multiple families are impacted and the need for an emergency community shelter arises? Continue reading