Preparing for emergencies using American Sign Language

With help from students at the Oregon School for the Deaf,  our friends at the Willamette Chapter in Salem have created this fantastic 5-minute PSA that walks you through the steps of getting prepared. And, if you can’t understand sign language, the whole video is subtitled so anyone can easily follow along. Thanks to Lise…… Continue reading Preparing for emergencies using American Sign Language

My trip to Nashville for flood relief

Though I have been working for Red Cross since October through AmeriCorps, the Tennessee Flood Disaster has been my first disaster deployment. I really had no idea of what to expect, no concept of the scope of a disaster relief effort. To be honest, I had never thought that I would be involved in something…… Continue reading My trip to Nashville for flood relief

A local mom shares why everyone should be CPR certified

As a teacher of young children in the child care industry, it was a requirement for me to be trained in CPR. I confess that having to perform CPR on one of my charges during the school day was unlikely, but it was certainly a comfort to me to know that I had the skills…… Continue reading A local mom shares why everyone should be CPR certified

A Safe Home Pool Begins with YOU!

There are more than 8.5 million backyard pools in the United States. Is your home pool safe from drowning, diving injuries and recreational water illnesses? Do you know how to make it safe? Jointly developed by the American Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, Home Pool Essentials: Maintenance and Safety, teaches home pool…… Continue reading A Safe Home Pool Begins with YOU!

Swim Lessons: What Every Parent Should Know

For Angie Holzinger, swimming lessons for her boys Andy, 5 and Josh, 3 were essential. “I knew my kids would eventually be around water and I wanted them to know what to do. I am a swimmer myself and know how important it is that they learn swimming skills early,” said Angie whose two boys are pictured…… Continue reading Swim Lessons: What Every Parent Should Know