A Local Fire Ignites Awareness and Need for a Plan

by Megan Hageman, communications volunteer We all hear about fires and are aware of their severity, but most tend to think, “It will never happen to me,” until it does. The American Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters every year, and while most people’s minds tend to immediately jump to major storms and…… Continue reading A Local Fire Ignites Awareness and Need for a Plan

Java for GIs: Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces Program

The American Red Cross invites the public to participate in Java for GIs, a region-wide project to support military personnel and veterans. The Ohio Buckeye Region of the Red Cross is accepting donations of cans and bags of ground coffee throughout the year. “Java for GIs is a great way for us to enhance our…… Continue reading Java for GIs: Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces Program

Be Prepared to Save a Life: First Aid, CPR and AED Training

by Charlotte Berman, Red Cross communications intern Mother and daughter Christine and Becca Berman became CPR/AED certified last May through a Red Cross training class. As a volunteer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Becca wanted to become CPR certified, and Christine wanted to refresh her CPR and first aid skills. They decided to take an Adult…… Continue reading Be Prepared to Save a Life: First Aid, CPR and AED Training

Volunteer to Use Your Skills With the Red Cross

By Shilpi Priyadarshini, Red Cross Volunteer Sharon Groves is a former intensive care nurse who says that volunteering for the Red Cross has filled a void in her life. All you have to do is see her car’s license plate that reads “REDCRS” to know she is committed to the organization. “Back in 2007, my…… Continue reading Volunteer to Use Your Skills With the Red Cross

Three Steps to Stay Safe During Dangerous Weather

In Ohio, summer means cookouts, pool parties, and late-night bonfires. However, unpredictable weather doesn’t always cooperate with plans for outdoor fun. You can learn how to be prepared and plan for severe storms like thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods that are common this time of year. In the event of any one of these storms the…… Continue reading Three Steps to Stay Safe During Dangerous Weather

The Serious Need for Blood Platelet Donations

by Sai Rayala, Communications and Marketing Volunteer Every 15 seconds, someone needs platelets. For millions of Americans, they are essential to surviving and fighting cancer, chronic diseases, and traumatic injuries. One of these people was five-year-old Emery Twehues. Without platelet donations, Emery never would have been able to get the chemotherapy needed to survive her…… Continue reading The Serious Need for Blood Platelet Donations

How to Stay Safe Before, During, and After a Flood

Remember: The American Red Cross is here to help!  If you need immediate help during or after a disaster, all 1-800-redcross, text getemergency to 90999, or download the Red Cross Emergency App. As I was going home in Columbus recently, the danger of driving through floodwaters became real to me. Although the water from heavy…… Continue reading How to Stay Safe Before, During, and After a Flood