Hurricane Felicia: Photo 8.6.09

August 7, 2009

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Red Cross volunteers in Honolulu, Hawaii help prepare for Hurricane Felicia.


Handout: Flood Safety Checklist

May 16, 2009

Be prepared for flooding before, during, and after the storm:

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Swine Flu: Press Release 4.29.09

April 30, 2009

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Red Cross Urges Families and Communities to Prepare During Swine Flu Outbreak

Washing Hands, Recognizing Symptoms Key to Prevent Spread

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, April 29, 2009- Washing hands and paying close attention to symptoms of illness are just some of the things the public can to do help reduce the risk from the swine flu (H1N1) outbreak, the American Red Cross said today. “This is a serious situation that has the potential to spread, and it is a good time for families, businesses and organizations to follow good public health practices and to review and update their preparedness plans,” said Scott Conner, Senior Vice President of Preparedness and Health & Safety Services at the American Red Cross. “Taking steps to prepare for potential emergencies in advance can go a long way in making families feel safer.”

The American Red Cross urges the public to remember these simple actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol- based hand sanitizers are also effective when soap and water aren’t available. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are feeling sick.

Children have been greatly impacted by this outbreak, and need to know how to properly wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs. The Red Cross has partnered with NSF International’s (NSF) Scrub Club® to educate children about the importance of hand washing to protect them against influenza. The Scrub Club Web site (www.scrubclub.org) is an easy, online tool to teach kids how to wash their hands and why it’s important. If families are asked to stay home during this outbreak, it’s important to have a plan and supplies in place before that happens. The Red Cross recommends:

  • Stock extra food, water and supplies at home to reduce the need to go out should swine flu become more     widespread, limiting potential for exposure to the virus.
  • Be sure to include household necessities such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc. Select foods that are easy to prepare and store.
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of essential medications and medical items for all family members.
  • Include non-prescription medications as well.

Other preparedness steps that can be taken include:

  • Plan for what you would do if you had to stay at home for a period of time.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick.
  • Find out your employer’s plans to keep the business open if key staff can’t come to work.
  • Ask your child’s school or day care if there are plans to encourage sick children to stay home to reduce the spread of the disease.
  • Identify how you can get information, whether through local radio, TV, internet or other sources.

For more tips on how to prepare yourself, your family and community for this and other potential emergencies, visit www.redcross.org.

 (Editorial note: Call (202) 303-5551 to speak with an American Red Cross subject matter expert)


Swine Flu: Simple Actions to Stay Healthy

April 29, 2009

How to avoid swine flu
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy and stop the spread of germs.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid or minimize contact with sick people (a minimum three feet distancing is recommended).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough and sneeze.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.

For general flu preparedness tips, see the American Red Cross Seasonal Flu Checklist in English and Spanish [PDF].

For more information on Human Swine Flu (H1N1), visit the CDC information page on swine flu (H1N1) or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).


Swine Flu: Preparedness Resources

April 29, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control is advising people to prepare for Swine flu (H1N1):

  • For general flu preparedness tips, see the American Red Cross Seasonal Flu Checklist in English and Spanish [PDF].

Red River Floods: Disaster Mental Health Tips

April 1, 2009

Red River Floods: Red Cross Prepares

March 23, 2009

Maryann Sinkler reports on the preparedness efforts by the Red Cross in response to the flooding along the Red River.

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Red River Flooding: Photos 3.23.09

March 23, 2009

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Preparedness Alert: Flooding along the Red River

March 21, 2009

Preparedness Alert

Over the next several days and weeks, flooding is expected along the Red River in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Please consult the National Weather Service or your local media outlets to learn of flood watches and warnings in your area.

Here are some actions you can take to prepare:

  • Know if your home is at risk for flooding. If unsure, call your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, or planning and zoning department.
  • Plan for your pets. Know where they can go should your family need to evacuate.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit.
  • Prepare a family disaster plan.

The majority of flood-related deaths occur in cars. Do not attempt to drive through flood waters even if they appear to be shallow.


Midwest Flooding: List Yourself or a Loved One as Safe and Well

March 12, 2009

List yourself or a loved one as Safe & Well

We urge all those who have evacuated or who expect to evacuate to register  on the Red Cross Safe and Well website.

  • This tool allows people in disaster-affected areas to register their well-being using several pre-scripted messages. Family and friends can then log on and search for registered individuals to learn of their whereabouts and safety. People without access to a computer or without electricity or connectivity can call the Red Cross (1-800-REDCROSS) for help registering, or contact a loved one to register on their behalf.
  • Please note that the Safe and Well site safeguards the privacy of the disaster victim. Although these messages will be viewable by friends or family members who conduct a successful search, the site does not reveal a specific location or contact information.

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