Rick, an Ohio Red Cross volunteer, has been on the frontlines at some of the major national disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy and the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. Through his work, he has helped countless others in Ohio and in various other states. Rick first started volunteering with the Red Cross in 2012. He had previous…… Continue reading Red Cross Volunteer Offers ‘A Shoulder To Cry On’
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!
It was a regular day, in a regular neighborhood, in a regular house, the residence of a fairly typical elderly man, someone’s father, uncle, or grandfather, perhaps. And it might have been just a regular, polite exchange of pleasantries and nothing more, if not for that high-pitched chirping sound that had been disrupting the man…… Continue reading Don’t Ignore The Chirp!
The Sound the Alarm National Signature Event of the American Red Cross is approaching soon! In order to make such a large event possible, it requires many helping hands. One of the people active in smoke alarm installations with the Red Cross is Becky Perkins, who is part of the planning committee for the event.…… Continue reading Sound the Alarm With Becky Perkins!
Filling basic needs like preparing and distributing meals and setting up emergency shelters in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is what the American Red Cross is best known for. Less well-known, but no less important, is the continued care for those affected that can last for weeks and even months after disaster strikes. “I…… Continue reading Caring For The Community
Pat Krebs is a Disaster Mental Health and Spiritual Care volunteer with the American Red Cross. She is a board-certified chaplain and a licensed clinical counselor with years of professional experience. Pat put her skills to work recently when the Red Cross opened a shelter for residents affected by an apartment fire. Over the course…… Continue reading Leading With Her Heart