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Monday, August 21, 2017

How To Prepare For An Eclipse

There are many levels of preparedness when it comes to a total eclipse. Some of the most important things to remember are, obviously, about your personal safety and the safety of your eyes. A lot of professionals are talking about Eye Safety Cautions, and it's really important you pay attention to these warnings. If you haven't planned ahead or were not able to find a pair of approved solar eclipse viewing glasses, there are several ways you can still safely view the eclipse. Check out the NASA website for some great options.

Here at the American Red Cross we have a different level of preparedness. In addition to making sure we have our approved eye wear, we must ensure consistency of communications between ourselves, here in the Denver Red Cross office, and our team in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As thousands of people travel into Wyoming, on the hunt for the perfect spot to see the TOTAL Eclipse, the potential for the telecommunication system to be overwhelmed is a real possibility. Communication with our partners in emergency management across the state, as well as with the Red Cross teams in the field, is critical every day. One of our key responsibilities is to ensure life safety for our team, and the public, and to be able to support any potential disaster relief operation that may arise. So...we prepare.

Our team of staff and volunteers are standing by here in the Denver office, Red Cross Emergency Communications Center, where local Amature Radio (Ham Radio) operators are monitoring radio traffic and keeping an ear on things. The importance of being able to communicate is something we take pretty serious. "The American people have an expectation of the Red Cross to be operational, no matter what." says George Sullivan, Director of Community Preparedness and Resilience for the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming. "The concern over potential outages is related more to human activity than any cosmic threat to the infrastructure, but we must always be prepared for ANY and all threats." says Sullivan. Behind the scenes we are happy to report that we will be able to respond to any call for help.

So, as you safely watch this historical moment, you can rest assured...the Red Cross is ready and able to respond to any call for assistance and will continue to alleviate human suffering in the face of any emergency that may come our way.



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 @RedCross.
 

Disaster Workers Deploying to Canada Wildfires

Denver, Monday, August 21, 2017 The American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming is sending disaster workers to help with the devastating wildfires in British Columbia, Canada.

Dana Goldsmith at recent exercise in
Colorado Springs
Dana Goldsmith is a volunteer with the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado. She has been a volunteer for more than 4 years and is an important member of the southeast Colorado team. In British Columbia, Goldsmith will serve as a member of the Staff Services team. As such she will work to ensure that other volunteers have lodging and other Red Cross support. She will travel from Colorado Springs on Tuesday, August 22.  

Heather Zoccali will travel to Kamloops, British Columbia to help with the wildfire recovery as a Client Services Specialist. As such she will help individual families as the try to recover from the devastating wildfires. Zoccali is a volunteer with the Red Cross of Northern Colorado and has deployed to large scale disasters on other occasions.

For stories and background information visit the Canadian Red Cross Blog at http://www.redcross.ca/blog/home or visit the Canadian Red Cross of British Columbia at http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/british-columbia-fires, or for wildfire information visit: https://www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo/.

Photo courtesy BC Fire
To help the Red Cross respond to disasters like floods and wildfires donate on line by visiting www.redcross.org. You can also call 1-800-REDCROSS to make a donation.

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 @RedCross.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cat and Dog First Aid Online Course Now Available

Learn how to provide emergency care for pets until veterinary assistance is available


For more than 100 years, the American Red Cross has been training people to perform first aid skills so they could save the lives of others. Now, the organization announces the release of its new Cat and Dog First Aid online course so that owners will know what to do in an emergency until veterinary care is available.

“Millions of people learn how to respond to emergencies and save lives by enrolling in American Red Cross training programs,” said Gino Greco, CEO for Colorado and Wyoming. “Now, cat and dog owners, pet-sitters and dog walkers can take the Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid online course and learn life-saving skills for their pets.”

People can access the course on their desktop or tablet at redcross.org/catdogfirstaid and go through the content at their own pace. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the course. Participants can stop and pick up where they left off if Fluffy needs a treat or it’s time to take Fido out to the dog park.

The interactive course includes:

· How to determine a pet’s normal vital signs so that owners can notice if there are any irregularities;
· Step-by-step instructions and visual aids for what to do if a pet is choking, needs CPR, has a wound, or is having a seizure; and
· Information on preventative care, health and tips for a pet’s well-being.

DOWNLOAD THE PET FIRST AID APP

The Red Cross Pet First Aid App complements the course by providing cat and dog owners with instant access to expert advice, an animal hospital locator, pet-friendly hotels, content on how to include pets in family emergency preparedness plans and more.

The app can be downloaded for free in mobile app stores or by texting ‘GETPET’ to 90999. American Pet Nutrition is a proud sponsor of the Pet First Aid App.

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 @RedCross.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Taking Care of Today And Tomorrow; Gift Planning

Gay Freeman, American Red Cross Legacy Society Member
We recently had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Gay Freeman, an exceptional donor in many respects. Gay has chosen the American Red Cross as one of her most important missions to support financially. Once she made this decision, Gay educated herself about gift planning options. She decided a gift in exchange for lifetime payments back to her was the way to accomplish her goals, both personal and philanthropic. “I wanted to donate to places that would give people the ability to move through hardship and again become self-sustaining,” said Gay. This plan was tailored for her to fit both goals.

Through the Gift Planning program, Gay made a very generous gift in 2013 with a contractual agreement for the Red Cross to pay her a guaranteed, fixed sum every year for life, beginning when she reached age 65 – supplemental security for retirement. As such, she is a member of the Red Cross Legacy Society

Lori Goldstein is the Gift Planning Officer for American Red Cross in Colorado & Wyoming. She has a passion for connecting people, like Gay, to the benefits of charitable giving. "To me, the Red Cross embodies the principle of many drops together making an ocean -- both in the way our volunteers come together to provide relief in our communities and around the world, and in the way many individuals, by directing sometimes modest portions of their future estates to the Red Cross, together infuse the organization with millions of dollars to sustain this vital mission," says Lori.

When Lori joined the Red Cross in 2016, she began meeting the local Legacy Society members – those who have the foresight to plan gifts now that will support the Red Cross’s lifesaving mission in the future. During her visits she learned that Gay and her sister had been Red Cross volunteers in their youth during flood season, as well as taking Red Cross health and safety classes. Gay remained keenly aware of the Red Cross, and throughout her adult life she puts into action her strong belief in using her resources to help humanity in times of need. You can view a video of the personal interview with Gay Freeman here: American Red Cross Gift Planning 
" It’s been my privilege and pleasure to serve nonprofits and to help people connect their passion to making meaningful gifts for more than 25 years. I am honored to be part of the Red Cross team."  Lori Goldstein, American Red Cross Gift Planning Officer 

Being prepared is one of the key principles of the American Red Cross. So we consider it a privilege to help you prepare your estate plans and get your financial plans in order.  

In her own words:
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You can learn more about this special opportunity by visiting redcrosslegacy.org, call 1-800-797-8022, ext 5. or contact Lori Goldstein directly 303-607-4704.