It was an overcast December night, gray and frigid with a steely air, when I got the call. It was my first call as a member of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) for the Ohio Buckeye Region of the American Red Cross. I’d done the interview, taken the online training classes, and signed up online for some volunteer shifts, but the first few shifts hadn’t materialized into anything, thankfully. There were no local disasters on…… Continue reading Everyone Needs a Place to Sleep
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 Get A Kit! Make A Plan! Be Informed!
Have you or someone you know had surgery? Do you know someone who has sickle cell disease or has been injured in a car accident? These are just a few of the people who’ve benefitted from the work Dave Milam and more than 40 other volunteer drivers do in Ohio. American Red Cross Hospital Services…… Continue reading “Where Does My Blood Go?”
We live in a great city. Columbus is lively and has true community spirit. We have a lot that brings us together, like our love of the Buckeyes, the Ohio State Fair, festivals and parades that celebrate all walks of life, and farmers’ markets that fill the weekend streets in both urban and rural neighborhoods.…… Continue reading Homegrown Heroes
We all know that A, B and O are some pretty crucial letters in the alphabet. Without these letters, we end up with words such as the title up above. Yet, A, B, and O are more than just simply letters. They are also essential blood types. Furthermore, they are important blood types that have…… Continue reading Missing Types, Missing _l__d
Did you know that over half of American either can’t swim? Before you take a dive this summer, make sure you and those around you are ready for the water. The American Red Cross suggests the following in order to ensure safety at the pool. Children and adults should be able to perform all five…… Continue reading Don’t Get In Over Your Head!
I heard a story recently about a woman who experienced a cardiovascular incident at work. Her heart stopped, she went without oxygen, and she didn’t make it. Would the outcome have been different if someone around her knew CPR or if there was an AED device on site? My first exposure to CPR training was…… Continue reading CPR Can Save A Life!