Monday, March 23, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Mar 23

The day after the fatal fire, a team of American Red Cross workers walked through Midwood, Brooklyn,
dispensing fire-safety tips. (Photo:
Andrew Renneisen for The New York Times)
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 119 adults and 50 children following 60 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming events (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Greater NY Red Cross Volunteer Supports Ebola Response in West Africa

Long-time Greater NY Red Cross volunteer and *IFRC Advisor at the United Nations, Christophe Lobry-Boulanger, has spent the last few months serving as Deputy Head of Regional Ebola Operations for the IFRC. Based in Accra, the role oversees IFRC Ebola Operations for West Africa. He recently spoke with Radio France Internationale's English news service to discuss his work and experiences on the ground. Click below to listen to the interview.

Learn more about the Red Cross/Red Crescent network's response to the Ebola outbreak.
Learn more about Red Cross delegations at the UN.

*IFRC refers to the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies.

Monday, March 16, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Mar 16

Red Crossers rang the closing bell of Nasdaq to raise awareness for home fire safety.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 118 adults and 43 children following 56 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of upcoming events (see below).

Last Week in Review
Upcoming Events
  • March 17, 19 & 21: Red Cross blood drive; 1 to 7pm; 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • Mar. 21: New York City Red Cross volunteers will be recognized at the Battery Gardens in Manhattan from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Stephen Wolfe.

Monday, March 9, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Mar 9

Red Cross Volunteers teamed-up with Batman this weekend to
help teach fire safety to attendees of the Big Apple Con.
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 68 adults and 36 children following 42 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of some upcoming events (see below).

Last Week in Review

Upcoming Events
  • Mar. 9 & 11: Red Cross blood drive; 1 to 7pm; 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Schedule an appointment to donate today.
  • Mar. 10: The Brooklyn Nets will host an American Red Cross Awareness Night (versus the New Orleans Pelicans). For every discounted ticket sold, the Brooklyn Nets will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Red Cross. If 200 tickets are sold, the Red Cross will be honored with special halftime recognition.
  • Mar. 12: This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the E. Harlem building explosion that took eight lives and left hundreds homeless. To mark the occasion, Red Cross leadership, alongside community and government partners, will attend a vigil for the impacted community. Click here for a snapshot of the Red Cross response.
  • Mar. 13: As part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, volunteers will be out in Manhattan installing free smoke detectors and talking to residents about fire safety. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Uikki O'Bryant.
  • Mar. 14: Long Island Red Cross volunteers will be recognized at the Coral House in Baldwin, N.Y. from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Deborah Gibbons.
  • Nov. 1: Looking to run the 2015 NYC Marathon? Did you know you could run with the Red Cross AND support our mission? Now is the time to join Team Red Cross!

Monday, March 2, 2015

In Case You Missed It - March 2, 2015


Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 198 adults and 93 children following 67 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of some upcoming events.

Last Week in Review



Upcoming Events 
  • All month: Red Cross Month!
  • March 4 & 6: Red Cross blood drive; 1 to 7pm; 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Click here to register.
  • March 4: Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces team hosting lecture with The Veterans' Mental Health Coalition, 1pm to 4pm; 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Learn more.
  • March 6: Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces volunteers will provide information and support to service members returning from deployment and their family members in Westhampton Beach (Long Island). Learn more about our SAF program.
  • March 7: Red Cross blood drive; 10am to 3pm; 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Click here to register.
  • March 7: Metro New York North Red Cross Volunteer Recognition Event, 10:30am to 12:30pm; Comfort Inn and Suites; Nanuet, N.Y. Learn more.
  • Mar. 10: The Brooklyn Nets will host an American Red Cross Awareness Night (versus the New Orleans Pelicans). For every discounted ticket sold, the Brooklyn Nets will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Red Cross. If 200 tickets are sold, the Red Cross will be honored with a special halftime recognition. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

In Case You Missed It - Feb 23

Long Island Red Cross Mental Health Volunteer Larry Kasten comforts
Hempstead resident at shelter after 5-alarm fire. (Photo: Lisa Weatherbee)
Over the last 7 days, the Greater New York Red Cross provided emergency assistance to 203 adults and 88 children following 91 local disasters. Here are some highlights from last week and a preview of some upcoming events.

Last Week in Review 


Upcoming Events
  • Feb. 25 & 27: Red Cross blood drive; 1 to 7pm; 520 West 49th Street, Manhattan. Click here to register.
  • Feb. 25: Thank you event for LI Red Cross partner Rallye Motors.
  • Feb. 28: Disaster mental-health volunteers from across the region will gather at our regional HQ in Manhattan for a seminar on mass casualty incidents.
  • Feb. 28 – Mar. 1: As part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, volunteers will be out in the Bronx, Staten Island and Long Beach, N.Y. installing free smoke detectors and talking to residents about fire safety.
  • Mar. 1: Beginning of Red Cross Month!
  • Mar. 10: The Brooklyn Nets will host an American Red Cross Awareness Night (versus the New Orleans Pelicans). For every discounted ticket sold at this web site, the Brooklyn Nets will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Red Cross. If 200 tickets are sold, the Red Cross will be honored with a special halftime recognition.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Best (and Safest) in Show



Puppy Preparedness: 9 Tips to Keep Your Pets Warm and Safe This Winter
By Matthew Hurst, American Red Cross Greater NY Region

If you’re like us, you’ve got puppies on your mind as New York City hosts the annual Westminster Dog Show this week! We’ll be watching along while the pups parade, strutting their stuff and wagging their tails inside Madison Square Garden. The atmosphere inside will help distract us from the bitter cold outside that has been sweeping through New York this winter. The dogs on stage also remind us that for pets to look their best they need protection from the harsh winter conditions outside and they need to be as prepared as possible for the unexpected.

So what can you do to protect and prepare your pets during the winter? Here are a few simple tips to keep them safe:

1. Bring your pets inside! It’s cold out there, and what’s bad for us is also bad for man’s best friend.

2. Be careful around space heaters! Space heaters pose many risks. Not only can they burn your pet, your pet can also knock them over and start a fire.

3. Be mindful of the paws! Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.

4. If pets cannot come indoors, keep them warm  in a dry, draft-free space large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to keep them warm.



5. Dress your dog in style for winter weather and make sure they are wearing a collar or ID tag with their name and your cell phone number.

6. These days, there’s an app for everything, including keeping your dog safe. Download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app for iOS and Android smartphones
7. Love may be the best medicine, but if your doggy gets meds from the vet, be sure to keep some in supply in case you get snowed in this winter.

8. Be ready by keeping a preparedness kit for your pets all year long. It should include food, water, and any medications for your pets. A chew toy would also be a nice gesture.
9. And in case of an emergency evacuation, never leave your pet behind in the cold. Remember, if it’s not safe enough for you, it’s not safe enough for your pet. 

Want to learn more about how to keep your pets safe and healthy? Sign up for a Pet First Aid course.

You like these photos? Check out the full series here. Thanks to our friends at Good Dog Therapy for sharing!


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