Archive for the ‘April 2009’ Category

Preparedness During H1N1 (Swine Flu) Outbreak

April 29, 2009

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Protect yourself and keep your family safe through pandemic preparedness now! 

American Red Cross of the National Capital Area partners with the Greater Carolinas and Greater Indianapolis Chapters in offering the Pandemic Preparedness course online.

The course includes learning how to prevent the spread of disease, how to be ready for emergencies related to a pandemic and how to care for someone who is sick. The cost is only $10, takes approximately two hours to complete and provides life-saving information that can be printed and used as a resource.

Register here!

Keep informed with updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Be Red Cross Ready with the Flu Checklist.

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Visit http://www.redcrossnca.org today!

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World Malaria Day

April 25, 2009

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The Red Cross has a history of helping people around the world. World Malaria Day is one of those initiatives.

Malaria is a deadly parasitic disease that transmits from mosquitos to humans. It can be life-threatening if infected and untreated. This endemic disease continues to affect over 300 million people globally, resulting in one million deaths – 90 percent of which are children.

Education provides people with an understanding of the disease, how it is transmitted, and awareness of the symptoms.

Preventive care provides people with resources to protect themselves.

Treatment provides services to monitor, evaluate, and care for those infected.

You can HELP.

Visit these websites for additional resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

World Health Organization

Visit www.redcrossnca.org for more information.

National Volunteer Week Ends April 25th

April 24, 2009

National Volunteer Week ends, but rest assured, volunteerism continues year-round.

Although the world changes, the Red Cross remains just as committed as when it was initially established.

American Red Cross of the National Capital Area not only relies on generous donations made by individuals and organizations, but we also depend heavily on our volunteers to help carry out the Red Cross mission – helping people.

  • If you are a former Red Cross volunteer, we thank you for your dedicated years of serving.
  • If you are current a Red Cross volunteer, we thank you for your continued gift of helping our community.
  • If you have never been a Red Cross volunteer, now is your time!

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Sign-up for a volunteer orientation today! The time it takes to watch a movie is about the time we would need to share just a glimpse of who we are, what we do, and why we continue doing it. Now that’s time well spent!

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Remember…HELP CAN’T WAIT.

Remember…DISASTERS DON’T STOP.

Remember…IT TAKES PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO HELP SAVE LIVES.

Remember…THE LIVES YOU’RE HELPING COULD BE OF YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, OR COLLEAGUES.

Volunteer today.

Visit http://www.redcrossnca.org for more information.

Volunteering is Good for the Soul

April 24, 2009

National Volunteer Week (April 19 – 25) not only recognizes volunteer work but it’s also a call-to-action for more people to volunteer!

American Red Cross of the National Capital Area needs more volunteers!

We support over 3 million people in our National Capital Area. We need more volunteers to help us educate our community about the urgent importance of training in Healthy & Safety and Community Disaster Education.

We cannot wait for a disaster to happen.

Now is the time to prepare.

Preparedness increases the chance of survival and recovery in the event of a life-threatening emergency or disaster.

When we help educate, equip, and empower more people, they in turn can help others.

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Volunteering not only allows people to experience what it’s like to help others but it also increases their well being.

Read more about the benefits of volunteering:

Volunteering Produces Healthy Benefits (2007)
Volunteering May be Good For Your Health (2007)
Volunteering Good For You (2009)
Volunteering Benefits Everyone (2009)

Visit http://www.redcrossnca.org for more information.

Earth Day April 22, 2009

April 22, 2009

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Celebrating Earth Day is an opportunity to join countless people and organizations around the world trying to help make this planet a better and cleaner place to live.

American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization trying to increase “green” practices. American Red Cross of the National Capital Area is taking steps to join this movement by conserving energy and recycling.

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Together we can be humanitarians and good stewards of the resources available.

Visit www.redcrossnca.org for more information.