Clara Barton For #TheNew10




The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced a redesign of the ten-dollar bill, to include a notable woman as the new face of the bill. Many minds at the Red Cross jumped immediately to our founder, Clara Barton. Here is a brief summary of who she was!

Barton is one of the most honored women in American history. She was a schoolteacher and also one of the first women to work for the federal government.



Risking her life, Barton offered support, food and supplies to soldiers who were fighting in the Civil War. In 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, Barton used her expertise to help distribute relief supplies and set up stations where work could be done.

On May 21, 1881, Barton and a group of like-minded individuals founded the American Association of the Red Cross, and she led it for 23 years! The Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900 and a second in 1905.


Since then Barton published several books pertaining to the American Red Cross. She had a special interest for things that would promote a better future for all like education, prison reform, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and even spiritualism.


Barton has contributed so much to so many, and her devout love for humanity along with her willingness to serve others was revealed time and time again through her actions, and resulted in enough achievements to fill several ordinary lifetimes.


For more information on the history of Clara Barton visit,

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A Full Circle Moment

Thanks to Fox40 for sharing the work that we do at the American Red Cross and thanks to the Girl Scouts for putting extra love in making the kits.

We would like to share this special ‘full circle moment” that showcases how our work is impacting people every day.

Email from Jennifer Loncaric
Subject: What we do works. 

“I thought you might like this. That’s a note my daughter wrote when she helped make comfort kits with Jasmine a few months ago. The girl holding it was also there helping that day. She is Trina’s (my co-leader) step-daughter. Their house was burnt early Sunday morning after a mortar hit the front porch. We don’t know how long they will be displaced, but the Red Cross visited them today with some help. It’s a beautiful thing to see the joy on her face from something so small in such a tragic time for her family. I am overwhelmed with emotion knowing my girls have had such a local and personal impact.”

Thanks to the kind efforts of local girl scout troops, many families struck by home fires have received useful Red Cross Comfort Kits during such a stressful time in their lives. Jasmine Su an HSS instructor and Girl Scout troop leader helped to create these kits through the help of her troops. Here is a picture of one of her troop members holding a very heartfelt message which was addressed to the family that suffered from the tragedy.

We take much pleasure in sharing this moment to demonstrate the positive support of these young ladies during times of stress.

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Red Cross Reminds Consumers About Free Spanish Apps to Help Keep Families Safe


Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, July 15, 2015 — The American Red Cross is launched six free Spanish-language apps for disasters and home emergencies with simple lifesaving information that will help keep families safe.


“The free Red Cross Spanish-language apps make mobile devices a lifeline for emergency information for families,” said Lilly Wyatt, Regional Communications & Marketing Director of the Gold Country Region Chapter. “The Red Cross wants as many people as possible to benefit from the crucial emergency information available via mobile apps.”


The six Spanish-language apps are the Red Cross First Aid, hurricane, tornado, earthquake,wildfire and flood apps. The Red Cross First Aid App gives people instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies. The five Red Cross disaster preparedness apps give people local and real-time information for severe weather or disaster threats, and offer step-by-step instructions that let users know what to do before, during and after a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire and flood.


The Red Cross apps of special importance to people in Northern California are: First Aid, Emergency, Wildfire, Swim, Pet First Aid, Blood Donor and Youth.


The Red Cross apps have a feature that enables users to easily toggle between English and Spanish language on their app. Previously, users needed to set their entire phone language to either English or Spanish. The Red Cross, with its experience working with people during disasters, knows that people behave differently when under stress – such as a First Aid emergency or a weather emergency. In these times, people want to consume important information in the language they are most comfortable with. The Spanish toggle makes the life-saving information in the apps easier to get in emergency situations.


Each one of these Spanish-language apps are free and available for iPhones and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. They can also be found at (English) or (Spanish).


All the apps offer pre-loaded content ensuring that Red Cross guidance is available anytime, anywhere – even if no Internet connection is available. Another important feature in the disaster preparedness apps allows users to let family and friends quickly know they are safe with a customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text. The apps also have interactive quizzes allow people to earn badges that they can share with friends on social networks.


The Red Cross created and released the six Spanish-language mobile at a time when smartphone use among Hispanics is surging. A 2013 study by the Pew Research Center found that Latinos own smartphones and go online from a mobile device at similar – and sometimes higher – rates than other groups of Americans.


“With natural disasters, it’s vital that people can receive and share warnings, preparedness information and their own status immediately with their social networks, and that’s what these Red Cross apps do,” Wyatt said. “If people can take only one step to make their family better prepared for disasters, they should download these free Red Cross apps and help their loved ones download them too.”


These six free Spanish-language apps build on the Red Cross legacy of teaching life-saving skills to people across the country. Overall, the award-winning Red Cross apps have been downloaded more than 4.7 million times.


The Red Cross is an established leader in teaching people the skills they need to survive life’s emergencies, and wants people to be ready to respond to emergencies and spread emergency information on their social networks, anywhere, anytime – even if they don’t have formal training.


While apps can prepare people for disasters, it’s important to remember that downloading any of the Red Cross apps is not a substitute for training. To learn more about Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses or to register, visit


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross Gold Country Region serves 24 counties from San Joaquin to the Oregon Border and it’s a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RCSierraDelta or @RedCrossNECal.


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A Red Cross Mission Moment

Truckee Air Show

Truckee Air Show

We arrived at the Truckee airport to a crisp cool early morning breeze,  setting up our easy – up tent, tables, literature,  color coded spinning wheel & prize selections.

 All routine tasks for a day of “questions & answers” relating to possible disasters in One’s community. The crowds were growing as we began our mission.

The music playing  was of 1930-1940 era. a few patriotic songs and a pledge of allegiance to begin the air show.

What was not routine was the beautiful sky, filled with wonderful sights of aircraft tricks and spins with incredible speed and ear piercing “roaring Jet engines”  that criss- crossed each other and flew  in very close precision formation.

It was thrilling, to say the least. The men and women of the military and civilian pilots alike were the heroes of the day.

I am guessing there were several hundred people in attendance if not a few thousand. We were kept busy most of the day with lots of Kids!  
The Red Cross Volunteers present were : Tami Martin, Beryl Mayne, Larry & Esther Bousquet of Truckee, Calif.

 A very pleasant day was had by all.


 From: Beryl Mayne

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In the Eyes of a DAT Volunteer

Photo Credit: Heath Wakelee

Photo Credit: Heath Wakelee

Just when you though that Placer County would NEVER get another DAT call it happened early this morning.

At 1:30 a.m. the phone rang. It was our Disaster Program Manager (DPM) Tami Martin. Poor telephone connection but we finally communicated. I had been deep in sleep so it took me awhile to get dressed – out the door at 1:45 headed for the back hills of Auburn. Tami invited some others to respond and Arry Murphy said yes! OK – we were a team. I was pleased that Arry said yes. She had only limited experience with 901s, even less with CAS2.0 or DCSOps. But, when given a task, she plows ahead and asks good questions. Dependable, reliable, accurate, smiles, laughs, doesn’t take herself too seriously, all great attributes.

At 2:30 a.m. I finally arrived at a very busy scene. Probably 8 fire trucks all with flashing lights were easy to see once I got close to the address. I found the incident Commander and he pointed out one of the occupants (the wife). As is typical the front yard was strewn with household items that the firemen had been able to salvage.

The fire started in the garage of the one story ranch style home then quickly spread to the attic and across the whole home. After the fire reached the other end of the home, where the bedrooms were located, the home had filled with smoke and the smoke alarm finally went off. It certainly saved this family of three plus their four animals (1 dog, 3 cats). By the time the fire department reached this remote home, it was fully engulfed.

Arry and I learned that the family would stay with friends and that they had structural insurance so we provided them with food and clothing allowances plus comfort kits. The 7-year-old daughter was well behaved, but it looked like she would sleep for a week once she finally got into a bed.

We left at 4:00 a.m. with CAC card authorized and the clients very appreciative of our support. My take home… the mother’s smile. Genuine, sincere, caring, grateful. It was a good night.

I fell asleep at 5:30 a.m. after driving home, eating a toasted English muffin with peanut butter and finishing the paperwork.

For other DAT volunteers, if you have not done so already, ask about how to put your availability into DCSOps. If your not in DCSOps we don’t know about your availability. Need help, just ask. PLACER DAT ROCKS!!!

Best Regards, Heath Wakelee American Red Cross Volunteer Placer DAT Team Captain

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A Light in the Red Cross Family that will not be Forgotten

Red Cross volunteers are unlike any other. Not only do they help individuals and families when any disaster big or small affects their communities, they also go above and beyond to help in every area of our operations. What makes our volunteers unique is the bond they form amongst other Red Cross volunteers – they become an instant family.

Today, it’s a somber day for our family of volunteers in Modesto and the entire Gold Country region as we said our final good bye’s and recollected the impact one of our own made in our communities.

Our passionately devoted volunteer Debbie Brasher passed away at home peacefully in her sleep. During her celebration of life, it was clear that she touched hundreds of people’s lives. A church full of family and friends recalled her eagerness to serve, passion for volunteering at various organizations and her desire to keep smiling and make other people grin.

Debbie volunteered for the Red Cross in our Modesto office for more than five years. Since her first time she stepped inside the office, she began training, being proactive in projects, taking a leadership role and making things happen.

“Debbie was a hard worker and a treasured volunteer,” said Debbie Calcotte, Disaster Program Manager for the Gold Country Region. “She never said no. She would take the time to do whatever assignment accurately with a smile on her face and a great attitude.”

Mrs. Brasher was involved in Red Cross event coordination for both public events as well as events organized by the chapters. She helped with documenting future shelter locations and was part of a Disaster Action Team. Debbie was deployed to Washington to assist providing food and water to clients affected by the fires a couple of years ago.

Debbie, a long-time Hughson resident began volunteering for our organization after a long career in the California court system first in Alameda County and then in Stanislaus County where she held the positions of Assistant Administrator and most recently, IT Director. She was especially honored of her volunteer work with the American Red Cross and missionary service work in India and Mississippi.

“Debbie was always compassionate towards other volunteers, everything she said was always positive,” recalls Liza Cruz, a Red Cross employee. “She is surely going to be missed.”

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Cruz Roja emite Claves de Seguridad para el 4 de Julio, para viajes, uso de parrillas, lugares con agua y fuegos artificiales.

Estamos a dos días de distancia de uno de mis dias festivos favoritos del año, ya que la mayoría de los niños están disfrutando de las vacaciones de verano , tenemos días impresionantes casi todos los días, disfrutamos de la luz del día casi 16 horas y bueno , en pocas palabras , la vida es fácil y divertida durante el verano. La risa , piscinas , diversión, barbacoas, familiares y diversion con amigos hacen esta temporada aún mejor.

Desafortunadamente, es en estos tiempos felices de celebración que se producen muchos accidentes. Así que hoy, sólo un par de días antes de celebrar el Día de la Independencia, quiero ofrecerle consejos de seguridad para que usted y su familia esten conscientes y preparados.

SEGURIDAD EN LAS AUTOPISTAS Millones de personas estarán en las autopistas durante el fin de semana del 4 de Julio. La Cruz Roja ofrece estas cinco recomendaciones que todos deben seguir para mantenerse seguros mientras se desplazan:

  1. Abrocha cinturones de seguridad, observa el límite de velocidad.
  2. No conduzcas si has bebido.
  3. Presta atención completa al camino- no uses el celular para llamar o mandar mensajes.
  4. Se cuidadoso en las zonas de trabajo en la vía.
  5. Limpia las luces y ventanas del vehículo para ayudar al conductor a ver claramente, especialmente de noche. Enciende las luces cuando el ocaso se aproxime, o durante clima inclemente.

July4_water safety tipSEGURIDAD EN EL AGUA Así la gente trate de refrescarse en la playa o piscina, la seguridad en el agua debe estar siempre en mente. Los siguientes tips pueden ayudarte a disfrutar el agua de forma segura:

  1. Aprende a nadar y solo hazlo en áreas designadas y supervisadas por salvavidas.
  2. Siempre nada acompañado; no dejes que nadie nade solo.
  3. Haz que los niños o nadadores inexpertos usen chalecos flotadores aprobados por la Guardia Costera Americana, pero no deposites tu confianza en ellos solamente.
  4. Presta atención constante y cercana a niños y nadadores inexpertos que estén dentro o cerca del agua. Evita distracciones mientras supervises.
  5. Limita la cantidad de sol directo recibido entre las 10:00 a.m. y las 4:00 p.m., y usa un bloqueador solar de amplio espectro con factor 15 como mínimo. Replícalo frecuentemente.

July4_Sparkler_fireworkSEGURIDAD EN EL USO DE FUEGOS ARTIFICIALES La mejor manera de disfrutar los fuegos artificiales es ir a eventos hechos por profesionales. Aquí tienes 5 pasos de seguridad para aquellos que vayan a usar fuegos artificiales en casa.

  1. Nunca des fuegos artificiales a niños pequeños, y siempre sigue las instrucciones del paquete.
  2. Mantén agua cerca como precaución.
  3. Asegúrate que la persona que este encendiendo los fuegos artificiales siempre use protección ocular.
  4. Enciende un solo fuego artificial a la vez y nunca intentes reencenderlos.
  5. Nunca lances o apuntes un fuego artificial hacia personas, animales, vehículos, estructuras o materiales inflamables.

Fourth-of-July-Grill-Tip-FINALSEGURIDAD AL USAR LA PARRILLA Todos los años hay personas que resultan heridas mientras usan parrillas de carbón o gas. Aquí encontrarás los pasos para hacer parrilla en forma segura.

  1. Siempre supervisa la parrilla mientras la uses.
  2. Nunca uses la parrilla en ambientes cerrados –casa, casas rodantes, tiendas de campaña, o cualquier área cerrada.
  3. Asegúrate que todos, incluidas las mascotas, permanezcan lejos de la parrilla.
  4. Mantén la parrilla en un espacio abierto, lejos de la casa, terraza de madera, ramas de árboles, o cualquier cosa que pudiera incendiarse.
  5. Usa utensilios largos especialmente diseñados para cocinar en parrillas y mantener al chef seguro.


Todos pueden descargar la aplicación de Emergencia de Cruz Roja para recibir alertas de clima severo y advertencias en su área local, en lugares de destino o donde viven sus seres queridos. “Familia Segura” tiene características únicas que permiten a los usuarios de la app notificar a su familia y amigos que están en una zona afectada por una emergencia o desastre. Pasos para practicar Primeros Auxilios en casos como el de ataques cardiacos, emergencias relacionadas con el corazón e información de seguridad en agua están también incluidas. El contenido está disponible en Inglés y Español. La aplicación puede ser descargada desde las Tiendas de Aplicaciones, buscando por “American Red Cross” o yendo directamente a

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