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’s a standing joke among Ohioans: If you don’t like the weather, don’t worry; it will change quickly! That’s especially true this time of the year. You can take steps now to be prepared for the severe thunderstorms, and flooding that are part of life in Ohio during the spring and summer months. Keep up-to-date…… Continue reading Stay Safe During Severe Weather!
It is National Volunteer Week and the American Red Cross is taking this time to recognize the thousands of volunteers who commit countless hours to serve their communities. As Sound the Alarm kicks off, beginning April 28th and lasting until May 13th, thousands of volunteers nationwide will gear up to protect their local communities from…… Continue reading Saving Lives – One Smoke Alarm At A Time
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!
I will install and maintain smoke alarms. Every level of a home should have a smoke alarm. There should also be smoke alarms inside and outside each sleeping area. I will make an emergency escape plan. It’s important to have an escape plan because in case of a fire, you have less than 2 minutes to get…… Continue reading Red Cross Resolutions
“Devastating” and “thankful” are two words Donna repeats again and again when talking about the fire that destroyed her home on October 9, 2016. It could have been so much worse. Donna’s husband, who had a stroke, was living across the street with his mother; her son and his five children were living with her…… Continue reading Thankful to be Back on Their Feet