What does the Red Cross actually do in a disaster?

This timeline from a very talented volunteer shows the Red Cross disaster timeline perfectly.  His subject matter? The November 17th tornadoes that devastated parts of Illinois.

Pinning is winning, are you prepping on Pinterest?

All September, the Red Cross talks about preparedness.  We tweet it, we preach it, and, yes, sometimes we even pin it. Whatever it takes, we want you to be prepared for anything that comes your way.

Now, you may be thinking, “I only pin recipes, fashion options and craft ideas I will never actually do.  Is there even preparedness stuff on there?” And to that question we say, “Why yes there is!”

Zombie apocalypse? Got it covered!

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13 things you may not know about blood

Who knew???

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7 things no one tells you about joining the Red Cross

1. You become a pin hoarder.

Red Cross pins are a big deal, and many volunteers and staff collect them from places they go to on disaster.  Virginia from California has clearly deployed a lot!

Red Cross pins are a big deal, and many volunteers and staff collect them from places they go to on disaster. Virginia from California has clearly deployed a lot!

2. You spend way too much money on a clothing item just because there is a Red Cross on it.

Red Cross shirt, flip flops AND earrings??? I am a little out of control... and I can't confirm or deny that I just purchased a ring made out of an old Red Cross pin on Etsy last night.  (I need a 12 step program.)

Red Cross shirt, flip flops AND earrings??? I am a little out of control… and I can’t confirm or deny that I just purchased a ring made out of an old Red Cross pin on Etsy last night. (I need a 12 step program.)

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5 Ways to Make September the Best Month Ever

September is kind of a blah month if you think about it.  The summer is unofficially over and no holidays September offers can compare to the ones ahead.  So in sympathy to this “meh” month, I have compiled a list to quite possibly make this the BEST. MONTH. EVER!

1. Lose the clutter. Summer is full of fun activities, so it is easy to let the stuff pile up.  Take a weekend to tidy up and get organized before school gets in full swing and the holidays arrive. Also, without all the access stuff, you will be able to find the perfect place to put this…

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This is what happens when you do the ice bucket challenge at work

So I was challenged, and because my son was gone last night and my boyfriend would have thought I was insane, I decided that I would take the #IceBucketChallenge at work.  Originally, I only asked 2 people to help — one to dump and one to film — but low and behold, we had helpers coming out of the woodwork to assist. Maybe it was because they are just nice people… or possibly it was to deliver some payback??

I will let you be the judge. (Because, of course, someone else decided to film it on his phone. WARNING: His cell didn’t sync the action with the voices.)

 

That was my dear friend that thought we didn’t have enough ice in the bucket.
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10 Secrets a Red Cross Volunteer Will Never Tell You

1. They love when they get a call that wakes them up in the middle of the night.

These Kansas City volunteers, including one of my favorite guys, Carl, are helping after an apartment complex fire.

These Kansas City volunteers, including one of my favorite guys, Carl, are helping after an apartment complex fire.

2. Being “chained to a desk” is one of their favorite parts of the week. Read the rest of this entry

7 Red Cross Fashion Trends That Never Go Out of Style

Crop tops? Skinny jeans? Jungle print blazer??? Sometimes it is hard to know what fashion trend to wear. To help you answer that question, here are a few fashion-forward Red Crossers modeling the fashion rules that will never go out of style.

 1. Wear classic colors. When in doubt, get it in black! Whether in the field or at a business fair, basic black is timeless and suitable for any occasion.

Sara Smith from Philly talks to a volunteer about the current situation in the field.

Sara from Philly talks to a volunteer about the current situation in the field.

Brian Shawn from Fargo educates locals about the importance of being prepared.

Brian from Fargo educates locals about the importance of being prepared.

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A Salute

This poem was written and submitted by Leanna Harris, Regional Data Specialist.  While she is our numbers/database girl, she has a flair for words!

If only Anne Fox had been teasing

The news of it has been unpleasing

On that sorrowful day

It grieved her to say

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What Does the Fox Say: Ending a successful year and career

This is the final word from Anne M. Fox, Regional Chief Executive Officer.  After 31 years of service to the Red Cross, Anne will be retiring at the end of the month.

Anne Fox is the Regional Chief Executive Officer and oversees 5 chapters and 45 counties across central Illinois and northeast Missouri.

Anne Fox is the Regional Chief Executive Officer and oversees 5 chapters and 45 counties across central Illinois and northeast Missouri.

This special Fiscal Year-End Management Report recounts the achievements of an amazing year. The region’s volunteers, staff and board members reached out farther and faster and longer than ever before in response to a more devastating disaster than any of us could have imagined. Even with a disaster of unprecedented strength and scope, the Red Cross was there to meet every need and provide our services when and where they were needed across the region. Read the rest of this entry

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