By American Red Cross South Florida Region

Helping Children Cope with Disaster

South Florida Red Cross

Louisiana Floods 2016 March 11, 2016. Monroe, Louisiana. When Terina Smith, Michael Stevenson and their three small children were rescued from floodwaters in Monroe, Louisiana, they found safety at a Red Cross shelter. Volunteer Ethel Payne has helped provide comfort and lifted their spirits during their time at the shelter. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

Preparing for disaster helps everyone in the family – including children, accept the fact that disasters do happen, and that together, the family can minimize the emotional distress. When families are prepared, children cope better.

Children can feel very frightened during a disaster and afterwards some children will show temporary changes of behavior.

For most children these changes will be mild, not last long, and diminish with time. However, reminders of what happened could cause upsetting feelings to return and behavior changes to emerge again. Watching scenes of the disaster on television can be distressing for children…

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South Florida Red Cross Volunteers Help Missouri, Arkansas Flood Victims

A team of 10 volunteers from the South Florida region are deployed  in Missouri and Arkansas where some areas remain under floodwaters, providing food and shelter for people impacted by the flooding.

Help and Hope When Needed Most

Volunteer Samantha Chilcore Provides One-On-One assistance to a shelter resident. In Missouri, the Red Cross and partners have already provided shelter for more than 375 people in 15 shelters, distributed more than 10,270 meals and snacks and almost 32,465 relief items (as of May 7). Photo: Marko Kokic/American Red Cross

Almost 100 people are still in 8 shelters in the two states. In Missouri, the Red Cross and partners have already provided shelter for more than 375 people in 15 shelters, distributed more than 10,270 meals and snacks and almost 32,465 relief items (as of May 7). Pallets of water are headed to western Ripley County due to a water restriction there and multiple Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) are set to open today in various impacted locations where people can get information and help from various resources.

Almost 50 Arkansas residents spent Sunday night in two shelters. Some areas in the northeast part of the state are still inaccessible and Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food, health and mental health services, casework helping with disaster assessment and distributing relief items throughout the affected parts of the state.

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Volunteer Walt Wallheimer loads pallets of water headed to western Ripley County (MO) due to a water restriction there. Multiple Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) are open in various impacted locations where people can get information and help from various resources.       Photo: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

The Red Cross is working with local and state officials to ensure people get the help they need. If someone needs to find a shelter, they can visit redcross.org, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-768-8048.

In addition to shelters, Red Cross volunteers are providing food and relief items and health and mental health services. In some areas, Red Cross caseworkers are beginning to connect one-on-one with families now to create recovery plans and access additional support.

HOW YOU CAN HELP Hundreds of people across a large part of the country need your help now. Please click, text or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters big and small. Every single donation brings hope to those in need.

Make a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift.

Help people affected by disasters like severe storms and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

HOW TO STAY SAFE

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

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  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters.
  • Turn around, don’t drown. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
  • If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross

Collier County Lifts Evacuation Order Red Cross Shelter Closing at 9:00 PM Tonight

Residents are advised to call FPL for any power issues and Collier County Hotline for other issues.

Naples, FL, Wednesday, March 08, 2017— Community and local American Red Cross volunteers provided care and comfort to families and first responders impacted by the wildfire that swept through areas of Collier County. As of 9:00 P.M. the shelter located at Golden Gate Community Center is closed.

“Red Cross caseworkers will meet with three families who lost their homes to help them create individual recovery plans, navigate paperwork, locate help from other agencies and provide direct financial support as needed,” said Jack Morgan, Interim Executive Director of the Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast Chapter of the Red Cross South Florida Region. “We are grateful for the brave efforts of our first responders and generosity of all residents and volunteers that helped us bring help and hope to the affected families.”

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SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR RESIDENTS WHO ARE RETURNING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE

  • Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
  • Watch for ash pits and mark them for safety—warn family and neighbors to keep clear of ash pits also.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pets’ paws or hooves.
  • Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles and put out any remaining embers.
  • Wear leather gloves, long sleeves and pants, and heavy soled shoes to protect your skin.
  • Do not enter your home until fire officials say it is safe.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and the safe use of masks.
  • Cleaning products, paint, batteries and damaged fuel containers need to be disposed of properly to avoid risk. Ensure your food and water is safe.
  • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Do not ever use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do and how to stay safe during emergencies and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available at the Google Play and Apple stores by searching for the American Red Cross or at redcross.org/apps.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like wildfires and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

The Red Cross Responds to Major Wildfire in Collier County.

Naples, FL, Tuesday, March 07, 2017— Local American Red Cross volunteers are responding to help families and first responders impacted by the wildfire that is sweeping through areas of Collier County.

“Our first priority is making sure the affected families and individuals have a safe place to go,” said Jack Morgan, Interim Executive Director of the Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast Chapter of the Red Cross South Florida Region. “The Red Cross is helping now and we will continue to be there for as long as necessary.”

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Volunteers are providing meals and hydration to First Responders and residents impacted in Collier County.

A volunteer team of 15 Disaster Specialists have been providing hydration and over 500 meals to as many as 430 first responders and area residents at two reception centers that were opened at Golden Gate Community Center and Eagle Lakes Park. The Red Cross has additional volunteers ready to open additional reception centers, which could be transitioned into overnight shelters where people can find a safe place to stay, food, water, access to basic first aid services and emotional support.

The National Weather Service in Miami, FL informed that a Dense Smoke Advisory has been extended for Collier County through 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and coordinating closely with local officials to ensure more help is available if needed. Area residents are encouraged to stay informed and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

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DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do and how to stay safe during wildfires and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available at the Google Play and Apple stores by searching for the American Red Cross or at redcross.org/apps.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like wildfires and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

Safety Steps for Your Football Party as Flu Spreads Across U.S.

As fans across South Florida wait to gather for the biggest football weekend of the year, more and more people are sick with the flu. The American Red Cross says it’s not too late for folks to get their flu vaccine and has steps people can take to help avoid getting sick if watching the big game at a party.

Influenza is now widespread in 37 states and Puerto Rico with all the other states reporting people sick too. This is up from 21 states only two weeks ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the 37 states include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

STAY HOME One of the most important things you can do is stay home if you are ill or someone in your household is sick. While it’s hard to miss the party, people should act responsibly and stay home to avoid spreading illness.

If someone has the flu, they can infect others a day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after they become ill. People with the flu can spread the illness to others as far as six feet away by droplets spread when coughing, sneezing or talking or left on a surface.

WASH YOUR HANDS One of the most important steps to take to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands properly, especially after using the bathroom or when preparing food. For visibly soiled hands:

  • Wash with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, covering the entire hand including fingernails and under jewelry.
  • Rinse and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel.
  • Use the towel to turn off the faucet.

If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

  • Rub thoroughly over the entire hand, including nail areas and between the fingers.
  • Continue to rub until the product dries.

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PARTY TIPS Other steps to help avoid getting sick include:

  • Hosts should provide a way for people to identify their drinks. People shouldn’t let anyone else drink out of their glass.
  • Give every dish a utensil for serving, including those snack dishes like nuts, pretzels, etc. This allows people to spoon out their portion instead of reaching in with their hands.
  • Do not share food. Avoid anything that involves sticking your hands into a bowlful of food.
  • Hosts should also make sure there is plenty of soap in the bathroom. Instead of the usual pretty hand towel, use disposable hand towels or a roll of paper towels.
  • If you plan to host a party and someone in your household becomes ill, move your event to a different location.

GET YOUR FLU VACCINE It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine now. Everyone six months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine to help protect against getting sick. Flu vaccine is available in many locations such as your doctor’s office, pharmacies, grocery stores and health departments. Your vaccine will protect you throughout the current flu season. Several groups of people are at a higher risk for developing the flu, including young children, adults age 65 and older, pregnant women, nursing home residents and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, chronic lung disease and others.

More information about how to help keep you and your loved ones protected from the flu is available on this website and in the free Red Cross First Aid App.

We hope everyone will enjoy the game and stay well.

Ongoing Red Cross Efforts in Wake of Tornadoes and Severe Weather

MIAMI FL. January 26, 2017 – People in several southern states continue to deal with the devastation from severe storms and at least 60 tornadoes over 48 hours last weekend. The American Red Cross is with them, including a team of volunteers from South Florida, providing food, shelter and help with recovery. Red Cross workers will support those affected for as long as help is needed.

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Sharon Rogers and her husband were at home when the storm hit. “The storm took our window out and I thought it was over. Then I heard the trees cracking and that’s when I screamed as the tree came through our home,” says Sharon. Sharon frantically grabbed photos of her grandparents as the tree crashed into her bedroom and the guest room as she moved to the living room to wait out the storm. Sharon and her husband had to crawl through the rubble of what used to be their carport to escape their home. The Red Cross delivered meals in an Emergency Response Vehicle through Sharon’s neighborhood so the family would have something to eat. “They have been good,” Sharon says.

As of January 24, reports indicate more than 1,100 homes have been affected across Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. We anticipate this number could increase once all inaccessible areas are accessed. Over 130 people in Georgia and Mississippi are still seeking refuge in 7 Red Cross and community shelters. In Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, Red Cross and community partners have served over 30,000 meals and snacks, distributed over 8,000 relief items, and provided 900 Health Services and Disaster Mental Health contacts. The American Red Cross has mobilized over 500 workers to help those in need.

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In South Florida, Red Cross volunteers are providing recovery assistance and emotional support to 17 families, composed of 53 people – including 15 children impacted by severe weather that swept through the cities of Doral, Hialeah and Miami Springs early Monday morning.

“We are so grateful for the selfless dedication of our volunteers, our precious donors and incredible community partners. It is thanks to their support that the American Red Cross can bring help when needed most,” said Tina Labellarte, Interim Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross South Florida Region. “We are out helping people across the affected communities and will continue to support them as long as we are needed.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP

MAKE A DONATION The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Southern Tornadoes and Storms by visiting redcross.org, calling  1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word TORNADO to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP More than 2.5 million weather alerts were sent from the Red Cross Emergency and Tornado Apps over the weekend. These alerts help save lives by notifying people so they can gather household members and go to their safe place during severe weather. People can also learn what to do before, during and after severe weather events by downloading Red Cross apps in their app store or at redcross.org/apps.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

 

Help and hope after a tumultuous weekend of severe weather.

Dozens of tornadoes and severe weather left a path of destruction in areas of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida over the weekend. In addition, southern California has been hit with another storm, bringing heavy rains, increased risk for landslides and leaving thousands without power.

In South Florida, local American Red Cross volunteers responded to help families impacted by severe weather that swept through the 300 block of West 10th street in Hialeah early Monday morning.

“Our first priority is making sure all affected families and individuals have a safe place to go,” said Carlos Castillo, Regional Disaster Officer of the American Red Cross South Florida Region. “The Red Cross is helping now and we will continue to be there as they recover from these storms.”

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The Red Cross brought help and hope by meeting the immediate and essential needs of 13 families, composed of 44 people, coordinating efforts with local authorities to ensure people have a safe place to stay, food, water and resources to begin their recovery. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, volunteers can provide access to safe shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional support due to damage to their residences.

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

 

 

Flu Numbers Increase – Use Red Cross Safety Steps

The number of people sick with the flu is going up across the country and experts say that will continue over the coming weeks. The American Red Cross reminds everyone it’s not too late for people to get their influenza vaccine and has steps people can take to prevent the flu from spreading.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu is now widespread in 21 states and Puerto Rico. These include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington.

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GET YOUR FLU VACCINE It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine protection to set in and it’s not too late to get your vaccine now. Everyone six months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine to protect against getting sick. Flu vaccine is available in many locations such as your doctor’s office, pharmacies, grocery stores and health departments. Your vaccine will protect you throughout the current flu season. Several groups of people are at a higher risk for developing the flu, including young children, adults age 65 and older, pregnant women, nursing home residents and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, chronic lung disease and others.

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PREVENT FLU SPREADING In addition to getting vaccinated, the Red Cross has some simple steps people can take to help prevent the spread of the flu. They include:

  • Stay home if you’re sick. Not only can you spread the flu by coughing, sneezing or talking, you can also leave the flu virus on surfaces or objects you may touch.
  • Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean surfaces you touch often frequently at home, work and school.
  • You can pass the flu to someone else a day before you have symptoms and 5 to 7 days after you are sick. Children can pass the flu virus for more than 7 days.

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WASHING HANDS

Kids have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses. Parents should teach children proper hand washing techniques and how to correctly cover coughs or sneezes. Washing hands properly is an important step to avoid getting the flu. Wash hands with soap and warm water. When using soap and water:

  • Wash for at least 20 seconds, covering the entire hand including fingernails and under jewelry. Younger children can be taught to sing a short song like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” or the “Happy Birthday” song a few times, which will ensure they wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel.
  • Use the towel to turn off the faucet.

If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

  • Rub thoroughly over the entire hand, including nail areas and between the fingers.
  • Continue to rub until the product dries.

 

More information about how to help keep you and your loved ones protected from the flu is available on this website and in the free Red Cross First Aid App.

Join Our National Effort to Install 15,000 Smoke Alarms for King Day of Service.

Ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Has Already Helped Save 131 Lives

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Miami, FL, Thursday, January 12, 2017 — The American Red Cross South Florida Region will be a part of a nationwide effort to install almost 15,000 smoke alarms in homes across the country over the upcoming weekend surrounding the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The project is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

The Day of Service occurs on Monday, January 16, to honor the life of Doctor King. Here in South Florida, Red Cross volunteers will join community partners and Fire Departments from across the region to install smoke alarms in homes in Broward, Port St. Lucie and Miami-Dade Counties.

What When Where                   (Meeting Point) Times/Notes
Home Fire Campaign –
Boulevard Gardens Park, Fort Lauderdale FL.
Sat 1/14/2017 313 N.W. 28th Terr Fort Lauderdale FL 33311 From 8:30a to 2:00p at Boulevard Gardens Park (near the community center).
Home Fire Campaign –
Village Civic Center, Sunrise FL.
Mon 1/16/2017 6800 Sunset Strip, Sunrise Fl 33313 From 8:30a to 2:00p at Fire Station #39.
Home Fire Campaign –
Spanish Lakes, Port St. Lucie FL.
Thu 1/19/2017 100 West Caribean, Port St. Lucie FL 34962 From 8:30a to 1:30p at Spanish Lakes Golf Village.
The Pillowcase Project –
West Dade Regional Public Library, Miami FL.
Sat 1/14/2017 9445 Coral Way, Miami FL 33165 From 1:30p to 3:00p at the West Dade Regional Public Library.
The Pillowcase Project –
Miami Beach Regional Public Library, Miami Beach FL.
Thu 1/19/2017 227 22 Street, Miami Beach FL 33139 From 1:30p to 3:00p at the Miami Beach Regional Public Library.
Home Fire Campaign –
Boardwalk Mobile Home Park, Homestead FL.
Sat 1/21/2017 100 N.E. 6th Avenue, Homestead FL 33030 From 10:00a to 1:00p at Boardwalk Mobile Home Park.
The Pillowcase Project –
Breakthrough, Coconut Grove FL.
Sat 1/21/2017 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove FL 33133 From 10:30a to 12:00p at Breakthrough Coconut Grove

While smoke alarms are being installed here, thousands of Red Cross volunteers, fire department members and partners from coast to coast will visit homes in neighborhoods at high risk for fires to install smoke alarms and educate residents about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home.

“The Red Cross responds to almost 66,000 disasters across the United States every year and most of these are home fires,” said Carlos Castillo, Regional Disaster Officer for the Red Cross South Florida Region. “Here in South Florida, we responded to 709 home fires in 2016. These home fires are devastating for the people involved and also responsible for a number of deaths and injuries. That is why our Home Fire Campaign is so important. We want to help save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them and educating people about home fire safety.”

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131 LIVES SAVED The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, launched in October 2014, is a multi-year nationwide initiative to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent. Since the start of the campaign, the Red Cross and its partners have helped to save at least 131 lives and installed more than 619,000 smoke alarms in 8,400 cities and towns nationwide.

Working with more than 3,700 partners, the campaign has reached more than 721,000 people and made nearly 263,000 households safer, replacing more than 39,000 smoke alarm batteries and helping create more than 220,000 home fire escape plans. Through programs like The Pillowcase Project, the campaign has also helped teach more than 657,000 young people about home fire preparedness and safety.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO? The Red Cross is asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives – practice fire drills at home and check existing smoke alarms.

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The Red Cross responds to approximately 66,000 disasters each year, most of them home fires, and it could not fulfill its crucial mission without the generous support of the American public. If someone would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to our Regional office in South Florida, 335 S.W. 27th Avenue, Miami FL. 33135, attention Financial Department, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from corporate partners and the hundreds of local partner organizations and volunteers nationwide.  Special thanks to Nationwide for generously supporting the Home Fire Campaign and Kidde for its generous donation of smoke alarms.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross

 

Red Cross and Harlem Globetrotters Partner to Bring Help and Hope to Families at Risk for Disasters

MIAMI, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – The American Red Cross South Florida Region has joined forces with the Harlem Globetrotters as its official charity partner through the team’s Great Assist initiative to help communities across the country prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small.

Known globally as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Harlem Globetrotters’ Great Assist initiative, which was launched in October 2015, promises to spread 100 million smiles over the next decade through sportsmanship and service. As part of a two-year partnership, the Red Cross will engage the Harlem Globetrotters in all aspects of its mission. During the first year, the team will join the Red Cross, along with local fire departments and other community partners, as the organization works to install its one millionth smoke alarm by October 2017 to help Americans stay safer from home fires. The Red Cross has already installed more than 500,000 smoke alarms nationwide, and saved at least 116 lives.

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The Harlem Globetrotters will feature the Red Cross at more than 300 games throughout the basketball season, including in Miami on February 26, 2017.

“We’re honored to join forces with the Harlem Globetrotters in Miami through our disaster response efforts and much more,” said Tina Labellarte, Interim Regional Chief Executive Officer. “The fun and interactive way the team engages with the community will help to build greater awareness around our mission and the critical need to help people at risk for and impacted by disasters every day.”

In 2016, the Red Cross responded to 15 major disasters—50 percent more than the year before—making it a particularly devastating year for thousands of families affected by historic floods, hurricanes, raging wildfires, tornadoes, home fires and more. In fact, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, most of which are home fires. Each year, more people are affected by home fires than major disasters, and on average, seven people die every day from a home fire.

1480707073467“This partnership brings two great American organizations together in order to achieve a common goal—to help people in need and to put smiles on people’s faces,” said Howard Smith, President of the Harlem Globetrotters. “We look forward to helping the Red Cross achieve their goals by incorporating their messaging into everything we do on and off the court.”

The Harlem Globetrotters will feature the Red Cross at more than 300 games throughout the basketball season, including in Miami on February 26, 2017. The game will feature a Red Cross PSA and in-game player announcement.

Harlem Globetrotters Legacy

For more than 90 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have been a leader in fun and wholesome family entertainment, and committed to being Ambassadors of Goodwill across the world. Every year, the team travels to hundreds of schools, children’s hospitals and overseas military bases, bringing people together through acts of kindness. The Great Assist initiative continues the legacy of giving back by providing the Red Cross a new platform to build awareness and deliver on its critical mission throughout the year.

harlem-globetrotters-partnership_ledscreen-imageFor more information about donating to the Red Cross, visit Redcross.org/Globetrotters. Poeple in South Florida can also support the Red Cross by texting ASSIST to 90999 to make a $10 donation, and by visiting RedCross.org/SFLVolunteer and joining our team. To learn more about the Harlem Globetrotters, please visit Harlemglobetrotters.com.

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About the Harlem Globetrotters:

The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 90 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. The American Red Cross is the official charity of the Harlem Globetrotters. Sponsored by Entenmann’s Donuts ®, Ticket Galaxy and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross