Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This past weekend was a busy one for the Red Cross and their Disaster Action Team (DAT) here in
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This constitutes a war crime under the Geneva Conventions and International Humanitarian Law. This particular incident puts aid workers at a greater risk because now they might be mistrusted. Yves Heller, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in
Friday, July 25, 2008
I have always wondered when people in
From that day on, the Red Cross has become a symbol of prestigious and professional on-scene relief and a stronghold in
Monday, July 21, 2008
A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran a fascinating article about disaster preparedness. Here are a couple things that stood out to me, from author Eric Klinenberg:
For the poor, scrambling to make it through the small crises of everyday life is far more urgent than planning for a possible emergency, and investing time in preparedness efforts seems relatively unimportant.
I think this is something our volunteers see a lot in the community. The people with the fewest resources are the ones who need the most help. And of course, this:
Participants complained about having to prepare for too many specific disaster possibilities and in turn feeling overwhelmed, if not helpless.
Part of the Red Cross’s job is to make people feel empowered and prepared. How can we do a better job of communicating this message?
(Check out www.chicagoredcross.org/ready to see what we’re doing now.)
Kristin Claes is a writer for the Greater Chicago Chapter. Email her: claesk at usa.redcross.org
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
To help the American Red Cross, all I have to do is talk to my friends and coworkers online using Windows Live™ Messenger or Windows Live Hotmail®, or the webmail service. How cool is that?! This is how it works: Microsoft will share a portion of the program’s advertising revenue to an organization of my choice, like the American Red Cross. So I can help out victims of disasters from the recent floods, and help prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies simply by talking and emailing my dad.
You can start chatting it up right now with a guy named Parker who started a 30-day Talkathon blog by using the i’m initiative. Go to start Parker's blog and start talking to him! Help him find out how much Microsoft will give. Remember: the more you talk the more Microsoft donates! He even talked to Jeff Towers, Chief Development Officer of the American Red Cross. Check it out here!
Or you could just start your own blog and help the Red Cross at the same time!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
REMEMBER: Personal Fireworks are illegal in the state of Illinois. Leave it to the professionals!
If at all possible, take cover under a large, enclosed building. Even though it may not be raining, and clouds aren’t directly overhead, you are not safe from lightning. In the worst case, if you are stuck outside, you do not want to lay your body on the ground and touch the ground as little as possible. Keeping your feet together, squat low, tuck your head and cover your ears.
Although lightning may be neat to look at, stay far away from it.
Use gas and charcoal barbecue grills outside only.
Position grills far from siding, deck railings, overhanging branches and house eaves.
Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using grills.
Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
Enter the water feet first. Enter the water headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions.
Adults should never leave a child unobserved around water. Practice "reach supervision" by staying within an arm's length of young children and weak swimmers while they are in and around the pool, lake or ocean.
Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) and rests.
If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore. If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
Watch out for the "dangerous too's" – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use. Toys can attract young children into the pool.
If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom, and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.