Fresh Face Friday! Meet Student Intern Mirko Mandic

We are pleased to welcome Mirko Mandic to our communications team. He is an OSU junior studying strategic communication and marketing. I expected my first day at The American Red Cross to be filled with paperwork and meeting the staff. This was not the case. I was welcomed by a briefing on an apartment fire…… Continue reading Fresh Face Friday! Meet Student Intern Mirko Mandic

What's Your Emergency Communication Plan?

Advice from the Community Disaster Education trenches, by Courtney Zielinski The questions I’m asked most frequently at preparedness presentations have to do with keeping in contact with family and loved ones during a disaster or emergency. Knowing that loved ones are safe is a major concern when disasters happen and not all disasters and emergencies…… Continue reading What's Your Emergency Communication Plan?

One Year Later: Red Cross Continues to Help Joplin Recover from 2011 Tornado

Monday, May 21, 2012 — On May 22, 2011, the lives and landscape of Joplin, Missouri, were changed forever. “I will never forget the color of the sky that evening as my family and I stood outside our Springfield home and looked to the west. It was multi-colored reds and oranges, as if the sky…… Continue reading One Year Later: Red Cross Continues to Help Joplin Recover from 2011 Tornado

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

The recent destruction of St. John’shospital in the Joplin tornado got me thinking about the particular needs of the sick and disabled in disaster situations. During times of disaster, it is vital to have a plan that fits the shape and needs of your family. For those who live or work with disabled people, or…… Continue reading Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

31 Days 31 Ways- Schedule a Presentation

A Red Cross survey indicated that only 24% of families have practiced their emergency plan. How many families even have an effective plan in place? The American Red Cross of Greater Columbus has knowledgeable experts and experienced volunteers available to speak with your group on many subjects, including: Emergency Preparedness, Fire Prevention, Creating and Maintaining…… Continue reading 31 Days 31 Ways- Schedule a Presentation

31 Days 31 Ways- Find Out What Emergency Services Does in Your Community

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to nearly 400 home fires in the Columbus area each year? The Disaster Action Team is only one part of the Emergency Services department. Emergency Services also houses Community Disaster Education (profiled earlier this month), Service to Military Families, and Client Casework. Emergency Services also keeps…… Continue reading 31 Days 31 Ways- Find Out What Emergency Services Does in Your Community