Tag Archives: Preparedness

So where are they now?

By Laureen Martinez, Chief Public Relations Officer When I ask people ( and believe me I talk to a lot of folks in our community) what they think of when they think of the Red Cross, most say disasters, blood and CPR. What I … Continue reading

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Disaster Preparedness and College

By Valerie Moses Last week, as each crash of thunder resonated outside, I huddled inside my dorm room with no idea of what to do next. I had walked across campus through rain before, but with the weather this severe, … Continue reading

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5 years after Katrina volunteers, Red Cross reflect on what happened It’s been almost 5 years since Hurricane Katrina and many of us are reflecting on what those days after the storm were like – both here in our own … Continue reading

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It’s so much better when you are calm before the storm.

Every year when hurricane season arrives I begin to look in my pantry and consider – do I have everything I need for hurricane season?  I usually have some items which means yes, I have to hit up my local … Continue reading

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Are you ready for hurricanes? You still have time.

It’s hurricane season again. Do you know how many storms we’ll have? Me neither. Forecasters have predicted 15 named storms and eight hurricanes, at least four of them major. Some people say it sounds like 2004. Some say it sounds … Continue reading

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Get In and Get Ready with Community Disaster Assessment Classes

If you had just moved to Florida, would you know about what kinds of disasters affect residents here? Would you know how to prepare your home and your neighborhood? Would you be ready to help by responding to the needs … Continue reading

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Red Cross has helped for one month in Haiti

It may be hard to believe, but it has already been a month since a series of earthquakes struck Haiti, killing 200,000 and leaving 3 million to cope with lost loved ones, lost homes, and lost jobs. With your help, … Continue reading

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American Red Cross is gathering help for Haiti

Haiti, our neighbor in the Caribbean Sea, has just suffered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The American Red Cross is gathering help to provide disaster relief to the people in Haiti and is asking for your help. So far, American Red … Continue reading

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Volunteers have seen more than 20 fires this holiday season

(Dec. 26, 2009) — Just when we think we’ve seen a break in holiday season fires, we see more. It has been a busy holiday season for Red Cross volunteers this year. So far, we’ve seen 25 families displaced or … Continue reading

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Another two fires displace families in Haines City and Sebring

December 20, 2009 — Sunday was another busy day for house fires. American Red Cross volunteers responded to a chimney fire in the Sebring area shortly after noon. The man living there didn’t need help with shelter — he’s staying … Continue reading

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