Hurricane Florence has passed and the rain and wind have stopped. After making landfall on September 14th, Florence broke tropical storm records by producing more than 20 inches of rainfall in South Carolina and 35 inches in North Carolina. Preliminary information suggests that 8,000 to 10,000 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage due to…… Continue reading Red Cross Helps Short- and Long-Term Disaster Recovery
In the face of storms and disasters, the American Red Cross logo provides a feeling of security and hope. It all becomes possible with the help of ordinary people who volunteer their time in order to achieve extraordinary things. Red Cross volunteers across the globe are working to make a difference, and local volunteer Steven…… Continue reading Red Cross Volunteer Steven Sicilian
If you are affected by flooding or other disasters, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 for help. While Florence is making up her mind about what kind of weather to bring to Ohio, there are strategies we can all keep in mind to keep ourselves safe when floods or other severe weather threatens. Track… Continue reading Stay Safe In The Face Of Florence!
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!