Friday, July 16, 2010

How the Red Cross Can Prepare You for Evil Robot Attacks

Photo of Transformers filming in Chicago by Ifmuth.

I must admit that, even though I realize consciously that it’s fake, I was jolted into disaster mode just by looking at the pictures of the Transformers' movie sets on Michigan Avenue today. Piles of destroyed cars and upturned asphalt—all that wreckage would certainly make for a big humanitarian disaster! If that were to happen, the Greater Chicago Red Cross would be on the scene. Whether it’s a natural disaster or an act of terrorism (by giant robots), the Red Cross is there to help. So, in case of an attack of killer robots, here’s how I think we might pitch in, and how you could help, too:

Learn First Aid: When you get hit by a laser or your car is crushed by a giant robot fist, injuries are going to happen. Be ready to help by learning first aid! Learning how to distinguish minor injuries from major ones can save a life. You’ll learn how to put a splint on a broken bone, treat cuts and burns and prevent further injury.

Become a Volunteer: The Transformers would certainly throw our city into chaos. But Red Cross volunteers are trained to deal with highly stressful situations and to help people cope with disasters. Your condo building is set on fire by evil robots? Our volunteers will be there to make sure you have food, clothing and shelter. We do the same for regular people in Chicagoland every day.

Make a Disaster Supply Kit: If you need to leave town because, well, the Transformers are wreaking havoc, it’s good to have a kit to grab and go. Put important items in there, and a little cash, since the Transformers have knocked out the power and the ATMs aren’t going to work. Check out more items you should put in your kit here.

So what do you think? How would you react if the Transformers REALLY came to town?

-Kristin Claes is a writer with the American Red Cross. Though she grew up in the 80s and watched Transformers, she was way more into She-Ra and He-Man. So forgive any gaps in her understanding about how the Transformers work or what they want. All she knows is that they’re big and scary.


Amanda Wilander said...

Just for the sake of accuracy, I'm pretty sure there is a distinction between types of transformers: Autobots and Decepticons. The Decepticons are traditionally the more destructive type of Transformer. Although based on the Red Cross fundamental principles of Impartiality & Neutrality, we would offer aid to any Transformer in need regardless of affiliation... But wait, what about the principle of Humanitarianism??? Is there such a thing as Robotarianism???

Erin said...

Be prepared for ANYTHING!

Em said...

Though the Transformers were BIG and SCARY today, Shia was there to save me. But I still felt good knowing that the Red Cross would have saved me!

Unknown said...

This is truly awesome! Good work Kristin. I am at a loss for words on this one! LOL!

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Jason said...

Great Post and creative angle!