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SOUND THE ALARM FOR FIRE SAFETY
This fall, Red Cross volunteers and our partners are coming together to Sound the Alarm: the installation of 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country. The installation and fire safety events will provide a lifesaving service in our quest to reduce death and injury from home fires in high-risk communities. Here are three ways you can join in to help save lives in your own community: Sign up to volunteer to install smoke alarms, start a fundraiser to sponsor installations, or make a gift. For more information visit soundthealarm.org.
RED CROSS TIMELINE: EXPLORE SIGNIFICANT DATES IN OUR HISTORY
For more than 136 years, Red Cross donors and volunteers have stood by the American people through the moments that defined our country, responding to local disasters, international crises and wars. Take a look at the years here to explore some of those key moments in our history together.
In the middle of the night, Carol suddenly woke up. Feeling uneasy, she decided to check on her son. What she saw when she opened his door is the worst of nightmares: a fire had engulfed his bed. But as scared as she was, Carol was prepared. The Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania had trained her on how to respond to emergencies. Click here to see what she did next.
The dog days of summer are upon us—and with them come fiery heat waves. These periods of excessive heat can be dangerous, so we want you to be prepared! Take our short heat wave preparedness quiz to learn how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
AMERICAN RED CROSS LENDS SUPPORT IN EAST AFRICAN CRISIS
Extreme heat, flooding and low crop yields have led to food insecurity for more than 20 million people in east Africa. “My crops were last full four years ago,” says Adumasu Lulalu, one farmer affected by the severe drought. “Since then, there has been almost nothing. It comes and goes.” In response, the American Red Cross has contributed $650,000 to help people struggling to feed their families in two countries, Kenya and South Sudan.
100 percent of the winning bid from the auction of the Clarion Builds 1991 Acura NSX will be donated to the American Red Cross. You can bid on this peerless supercar and, in the process, help save lives. More information here.
STAY ALERT TO HELP KEEP YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES SAFE
Download the all-inclusive Emergency App to learn how to prepare for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, stay up-to-date with real-time emergency alerts and find out where the nearest severe weather shelter is located, in case you or someone you know is in need of assistance.
The ongoing support of our monthly donors, whom we call Champions, makes a huge difference in the lives of those in need. Consider joining this special group of donors today with a monthly gift and you can feel good knowing that your generosity will touch lives every day. Your monthly gift as a Champion will immediately be put to work—helping those whose lives have been uprooted by disaster, victims who need blood after an accident, or those who need to get in touch with loved ones in the military.
Opened55 shelters, helping to provide nearly 2,700 overnight stays
Distributed more than 69,400 relief items
Provided nearly 74,900 meals and snacks in 18 states
President and CEO
American Red Cross
A NOTE FROM GAIL MCGOVERN
Summer fun can quickly be overshadowed by severe weather events. Currently, many people across the nation are in the midst of hurricane season. Others are facing thunderstorms, wildfires and heat waves. Here’s what you can do right now to be prepared for dangerous weather in your neighborhood: check out our safety tips for major types of emergencies.
Staying in touch via the American Red Cross email list is the best way we have of keeping in regular contact with supporters like you, letting you know about how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from disasters and other emergencies, and how you can support our life-saving work. Click here to unsubscribe from our list, but please know that if you leave, it will be harder for you to stay involved with the Red Cross and continue the work of which you’ve been such a critical part. It is only because of supporters like you that the Red Cross is able to respond when a disaster strikes or a home is impacted by fire, when someone needs CPR or a lifesaving blood transfusion, or when a family needs to contact a deployed service member in an emergency. And we don’t want to lose you! Thanks for your support!
An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.