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
They told their stories in the warmth and safety of the Dodge Recreation Center, where the American Red Cross opened a shelter after a fire displaced residents of a Westside apartment complex on the last day of January. At least two dozen people lived in at the shelter at various points during the week it…… Continue reading A Roof Over Their Heads
When John Fraley of Canal Winchester, Columbus, Ohio, got the call, he had to be ready to answer. “They called me at nine o’clock at night, and I was on a plane by nine o’clock the next morning,” John said. He arrived the next day to a Red Cross operations center one-half mile from the…… Continue reading Ready at a Moment’s Notice
The fire started on a frigid January day with a spark in the chimney, leaving a gap to the outside and the home temporarily unlivable. Paul King and Mariah Bazile, disaster service workers with the American Red Cross, were there to make a tough situation easier. They listened. They offered blankets and clean-up kits, financial…… Continue reading Prevent a Home Fire This Winter!