Posts Tagged ‘supplies’

Red Crossers On The Road! (Update 1)

November 3, 2009

Two of the National Capital Area’s Red Crossers – Ian and Tommy – are volunteering their time to take a trip down to Texas to pick up something special – a brand new canteen!

This canteen will be a part of the fleet of essential emergency response vehicles to better and more efficiently serve our region in times of disaster. It is a vital resource for Red Cross volunteers tasked with delivering meals and other essential supplies to disaster affected areas.

Here’s a sneak peek of the vehicle!

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Ian and Tommy arrived in Texas on November 2nd and will keep in touch along the way until they return home safely.

Stay tuned for more updates about Ian and Tommy’s travel and when our “welcome home” event will be!


Shopping for the Holidays and Supporting Your Red Cross

November 1, 2009

The holiday season celebrations are coming quickly! What kinds of gift ideas are you considering?

Click here to view a variety of health and safety courses and treat your family or friends to a training session to be certified in CPR/AED/First Aid. It’s a priceless gift to be prepared to save the life of loved one.

Click here to view a variety of disaster preparedness kits and purchase them for loved ones who may not have one yet. There is great peace of mind knowing your spouse or children have essential survival items should the unexpected happen at any given time or place.


Click here to view a variety of specially designed pins and purchase them for family and friends in recognition of their continued support in fulfilling the Red Cross’ humanitarian mission.


Click here to view a variety of first aid kits and purchase them for neighbors and colleagues who may have already had the training but do not have the basic supplies.

cpr kit

Click here to view a variety of ways to donate and help your local Red Cross continue providing essential services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Turning Back Time and Preparing for the Future

October 30, 2009

red clock

This weekend it’s time to “fall back” by turning our clocks back an hour. After you change the clock, take a moment to check on a few other important things that can also affect you and your family. 

“When you turn your clocks back one hour, take the time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and make sure the alarms work by pushing the test button,” said Scott Conner, Red Cross senior vice president, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. “Replace the batteries at least once a year and check your carbon monoxide detectors, too.”

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Other steps you can take to get prepared include:

  • Updating the emergency contact information in your family communications plan. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact that each person in your family can call if he/she becomes separated during a disaster situation.
  • Making sure your emergency preparedness kit still includes at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food items and water (one gallon per person per day), a flashlight, a battery-powered or crank radio, can opener, first aid kit, copies of important documents, and special items such as medications, diapers, and infant formula.
  • Checking your emergency preparedness kit for expired food items; refresh staples such as water, food and batteries. If there have been changes in prescriptions or dietary needs, add new foods and medications as needed.


Taking simple actions like these can help you and your family be better prepared for a disaster or emergency situation. They can come in the form of a home fire, flu or H1N1 (Swine) flu, snow/ice storm, heart attack or power outage among many others.

So, when you turn back the clock this weekend, take a few extra minutes to ensure that you and your family are better prepared for the unexpected.

Click here to learn other ways to be prepared!