Be Red Cross Ready

Hurricane Dean has barely subsided before Felix, another Category 5 storm, is headed our way. With the hurricane season in full swing, here are several ways that Red Cross youth volunteers can help their communities prepare and take part in disaster relief:

  • Be Red Cross Ready – Three simple steps will help prepare you and your family for life-threatening situations: assemble an emergency supplies kit, outline an evacuation plan that includes emergency contact information, and stay informed about possible disasters in your area. For more information, please visit the Be Red Cross Ready website.
  • Take a disaster preparedness course – Local Red Cross chapters regularly offer classes on CPR, first aid, and AED (automated external defibrillator). Government agencies and other organizations also provide CERT courses that equip trainees with disaster response skills. Coordinating a mass training session for your Red Cross club would be a fun and effective way to prepare for emergencies.
  • Donate blood – Blood donations help ensure a steady blood supply during disasters when the need is often greatest. Youth volunteers can also help plan and run blood drives in their communities. For more information Click Here
  • Organize a fundraiser – We can help those affected by disasters in the US and around the world by contributing to the National Disaster Relief Fund and International Response Fund. In addition to enabling Red Cross’ disaster services, organizing a fundraiser would increase awareness of the humanitarian aid needed and give your community a way to help.

Although we cannot predict when and where disasters will strike, we can prepare for the eventuality beforehand to minimize the danger and damage. Let’s help our communities be Red Cross ready and provide aid to those in need!

Julia Wong, Texas

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