American Red Cross Offers Resources for Residents Impacted by Boles Fire

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Capital Region CEO, Kathleen Weis, surveys Boles Fire damage with CAL FIRE.

~Local Assistance Center now open in Weed~

The American Red Cross has opened a Local Assistance Center for residents impacted by the Boles Fire in the City of Weed. Located at the College of the Siskiyous, 800 College Ave in Weed, Red Cross volunteers will be on-site daily from 10am – 7pm* to meet with impacted residents and provide disaster assistance. Continue reading American Red Cross Offers Resources for Residents Impacted by Boles Fire

American Red Cross Urges Preparedness in Wake of Napa Earthquake

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In the early morning of August 24, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled through Napa County and surrounding areas, causing injuries, damaging homes, business and utilities, and delivering a jarring wake-up call to Californians reminding of our earthquake risks. Continue reading American Red Cross Urges Preparedness in Wake of Napa Earthquake

Red Cross Issues Top Ten Ways to Be Safe When Swimming Over 4th of July Holiday

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The long Fourth of July weekend is here and many people will spend part of their holiday at a backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross is issuing ten steps people should take to be safe while poolside.

A recent Red Cross survey found that eight out of ten Americans are planning water activities such as going to the beach, pool, water park, or boating or fishing this summer. A third (32 percent) of all Americans plan to swim at a place without a lifeguard. The Red Cross has launched an anti-drowning campaign this summer that promotes swim lessons and safe swimming. Continue reading Red Cross Issues Top Ten Ways to Be Safe When Swimming Over 4th of July Holiday

Red Cross Takes Part in Triennial Airport Exercise

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Written by Sandy Baker, Red Cross Volunteer

When we pack our bags and check in at the airline counter for a long overdue trip to Maui, most of us never give a second thought to what goes on behind the scenes of an airport to keep us safe. Just like home, school, or work, the entire airport must create a cohesive plan, working together to prepare for potential emergencies. Continue reading Red Cross Takes Part in Triennial Airport Exercise

Volunteer Perspective – Red Cross Response to Shasta County Emergency

~Written by Caroline Nilsson, Volunteer for the American Red Cross of Northeastern California~

It was 6 PM on Friday night when my cell phone rang.  Pat Day’s voice was on the line. 

“You won’t believe it,” she said.  “You know that explosion that happened a couple of days ago?  Well, they’ve found explosives in the house.  They’re evacuating the area.  We need to open a shelter.”

I’d been expecting a call.  Amidst the driest winter in years, the rain had finally begun to fall on our Northeastern California town, and rain in Redding often means snow in the mountains.  I’d already gotten a heads-up that we might need to open a shelter in Siskiyou if the storms were bad.  We hadn’t been expecting explosives. Continue reading Volunteer Perspective – Red Cross Response to Shasta County Emergency

Learn to Save a Life During Red Cross Month

CPRThere is never a bad time to learn how to save a life. Red Cross classes are available throughout the Capital Region on a daily basis, teaching critical skills that help to prepare you for disaster and know how to respond in the face of emergencies.

HandsOnlyCPRHowever, the month of March offers a few additional opportunities to make a difference. March is Red Cross Month, and throughout the month, the American Red Cross Capital Region will offer free Hands-Only CPR training sessions and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) demonstrations as part of Save-a-Life Saturdays! Continue reading Learn to Save a Life During Red Cross Month