A Busy Weekend for Red Cross Volunteers

At 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, volunteers were woken up and called to the scene of a fire in Southeast Columbus. This was repeated 9 times, ending early Monday morning. The Red Cross responded to 10 fires this past weekend and helped 51 people across Central and Southeastern Ohio. When disasters such as those occur, the Red…… Continue reading A Busy Weekend for Red Cross Volunteers

As Weather Turns Colder, Don't Allow Alternate Heating Methods Lead to Home Fires

Almost 50 people spent Sunday night in American Red Cross shelters in West Virginia, Illinois and California after fire hit their multi-family dwellings. Home fires are the biggest disaster threat to people in this country – worse than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. Every day, the Red Cross responds to as many as 170 home fires…… Continue reading As Weather Turns Colder, Don't Allow Alternate Heating Methods Lead to Home Fires

Enjoy a Safe Thanksgiving!

The kitchen is the place where family and friends love to gather, but it is also the setting of more fires than any other room in the house. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires in this country and during the holidays, the American Red Cross wants everyone to be aware of steps…… Continue reading Enjoy a Safe Thanksgiving!

Back to School: Top 10 Steps to Take

As children are returning to school, many of them will be spending time home alone after school until their parents get home from work.  Decide if your child is mature enough to be home alone and ask him or her if they would be comfortable being alone.  Parents and guardians should develop a home safety plan and…… Continue reading Back to School: Top 10 Steps to Take

Fire Safety Steals the Spotlight

Even the famous face disaster, just ask country star Trace Adkins. He and his family lost their home this June to a fire that began in the garage. Luckily, his three daughters knew exactly what to do to get out safe.   Rhonda Adkins, the singer’s wife and mother of the three girls said: “”They ran…… Continue reading Fire Safety Steals the Spotlight

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

Central Ohio Red Crossers Serving Families Suffering From Flooding in Minot, ND

Six central Ohio Red Crossers are currently in Minot, North Dakota helping families suffering from flooding there. Red Crossers from across the country have spent the summer helping folks suffering from wildfires, flooding and severe storms. Interested in helping the cause? Learn about volunteering and/or make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund online. Your…… Continue reading Central Ohio Red Crossers Serving Families Suffering From Flooding in Minot, ND