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Pillow Case Project: What Will You Bring With You When Disaster Strikes?

We can’t stop disasters (though we wish we could) but what we can do is be prepared when disaster strikes.  The Pillowcase Project is an initiative that was inspired by the ingenious children that began using their pillowcases to grab their most cherished belongings during Hurricane Katrina.

The goals of The Pillowcase Project are to:

1. Help students become familiar with the types of disasters that affect our local area such as earthquakes,  fires and floods.

2. Inform students and, by extension, families about the importance of creating a disaster preparedness kit and plan.

 

What we have found is that by teaching one child about disaster preparedness through the Pillowcase Project we are able to teach an entire family.

The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada is a huge supporter of this national initiative and  we are currently offering free classes for elementary school children to teach them about Emergency Preparedness.

Just this week,  we worked with a local Las Vegas Valley Girl Scout camp to teach the scouts how they can help their families be prepared for and what to do during a disaster.

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If your class or organization would like to have this fun and useful presentation delivered free of charge, please email Sean Ward at sean.ward@redcross.org. He would be delighted to arrange a presentation with your school or organization.

 

 

Calling All Red Cross Volunteers and friends…!

Hi Everyone!

The Southern Nevada chapter is supporting an event the first week of June for our Western Sales team, and we are in need of your help.

We’re looking for volunteers for helping at a convention at Paris / Bally’s the week of June 3 – 6.

AND we’re looking for volunteers and their friends to help us create a huge flashmob at a secret location. It’s going to look a little like what these folks did, only probably without the dancing – unless you want to!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm9O70KpmuA

So ask your friends if they’d like to help us, and sign up for the flashmob at this link: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=m_group_events-reserve&group_id=5270&event_id=22568&return_nd=gs_home_v25

We’re looking for at least 75 people for the flashmob, so put the word out on your social media, and bring your friends. There’s a Red Cross t-shirt in it for them!

For all other shifts, please email your shift choice, your email and your cell number to lloyd.ziel@redcross.org

Here is a list of the available shifts and numbers of people needed.

June 3, Tuesday – 12p-7p  - 2 registration desk

June 4, Wednesday – 7a-10a – 4 registration desk

8a-6p – 3 floater / chaperones

830a-4p – 1 exhibit hall assistant

June 5, Thursday – 8a-6p - 3 floater / chaperones

June 6, Friday – 8a-12p - 1 exhibit hall assistant

9a-1030a -75+ volunteers to do CPR demonstration in a flash mob downtown

Hope you can help us out!

Thanks!

 

 

Red Cross Ongoing Response Following Midwest and Southern Storms

 

 

The American Red Cross is responding across the South and Midwest to help people affected by the massive storm system that has destroyed neighborhoods and left thousands without power.

 

Red Cross workers opened or supported community shelters in seven states Monday night including Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Virginia. More than 100 people sought refuge in the shelters and many more visited them for meals and information about what help is available. If someone needs to find a shelter, they can contact their local Red Cross chapter or access the Red Cross shelter map on redcross.org, which is updated every 30 minutes with shelter locations by address, city, state and/or zip code.

 

Red Cross workers are providing health and mental health services and Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing food and relief supplies throughout the affected states as weather conditions permit. The Red Cross is mobilizing additional disaster workers and emergency vehicles to move into the affected states to provide additional help when it is safe to do so.

 

“It’s heart wrenching to see the destruction this storm has caused and that so many people have lost everything,” said Richard Reed, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services for the Red Cross, who is in Arkansas. “Red Cross workers are here now, providing shelter, food and comfort, and we’ll be here for weeks to help people as they begin to recover.”

 

STORM STILL A THREAT More than 75 million people are still at risk from this storm system which threatens communities from the southeast coast to the Great Lakes and into the Mid-Atlantic region. Parts of Alabama and Mississippi face the highest threat today in communities already battered by the storm Monday.

 

DOWNLOAD TORNADO APP People should download the free Red Cross tornado app onto their mobile devices. The app includes a warning siren and alert when a tornado warning has been issued and an all-clear alert when the warning expires or is cancelled. Users can find Red Cross shelters and utilize the app’s “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know they are okay. The Red Cross sent out 4.4 million severe weather notifications in the last 48 hours through its tornado app for tornado and thunderstorm watches and warnings.

 

TORNADO SAFETY People should know how their community will warn them about the storm. Other steps include the following:

  • Pick a place where family members can gather – the basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
  • Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
  • Watch for tornado danger signs – dark, greenish clouds, a cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or roaring noise.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or severe winds. If there is access to a sturdy shelter or vehicle, abandon the mobile home immediately and go to that facility. Do not wait until the tornado is in view.
  • If someone is caught outdoors, they should seek shelter in a basement or sturdy building. If they can’t do that, they should get into a vehicle, buckle their seat belt and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs, they should pull over and park, stay in the vehicle with their head down below the windows, covering their head.

 

HOW TO COPE The ongoing tornado threat is stressful for people in the storm’s path and even more frightening for residents who have faced tornadoes in the past. The Red Cross offers these steps people can take to support each other during this difficult time:

  • Take time to take care of yourself and your family. Reach out to others to offer and receive support.
  • Events like this can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows for sure what will happen next. Remember that it’s okay to feel nervous.
  • Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration, anxiety or difficulty sleeping.
  • Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety.
  • People should also be careful not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the storm.
  • To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.

 

HOW TO HELPThose who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting http://www.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.

Red Cross Disaster Institute Set for April 24 Through May 6

The Southern Nevada chapter is holding its “Ready To Respond” Disaster Institute from April 24 – May 6, offering one of the most comprehensive course schedules of American Red Cross training available in the country. From the protocols in opening a disaster shelter, to the way in which a chapter responds to a local disaster, these invaluable classes are offered so that the Red Cross can inform community members on how our operations work and to strengthen and grow our corps of volunteers.

In times of emergency, partner organizations work closely with the Red Cross, so these classes are important for those leaders too. The classes teach the way in which the Red Cross ramps up a disaster operation, what we do and how we do it, and the expectations that we deliver to the public. This knowledge not only trains our volunteers, but also allows other organizations to see how the Red Cross fits into the larger picture of a disaster response.

If you, or members of your organization would like to take these free classes, you can email sean.ward@redcross.org for more information. A course description is below.

 

April 24 – May 6

Southern Nevada Chapter, Las Vegas, NV

 

Course Descriptions:

Bulk Distribution: Bulk Distribution Operations is an interactive course where participants engage in scenarios to learn how to apply the guidance covered in the Bulk Distribution Handbook. The handbook provides information and tools for use on disaster relief operations, chapter responses and in the classroom. Please note there are prerequisites for this class: Disaster Services: An Overview (DSO).

Chapter Response to Disaster: This course will orient disaster service volunteers to the chapter’s initial response mechanisms. You will learn the skill and tools needed to effectively respond to single family emergencies and initiate response on larger events.

Chapter Response to Aviation Disaster: This class serves as guidance, and describes how air carriers and Federal agencies should respond to an aviation accident involving a significant number of passenger fatalities and/or injuries. It also goes into the key points of the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act, 1996.

Collaborating Essentials: Collaborating Essentials is a basic level, instructor-led course designed to promote and support collaboration at the Red Cross. Participants will engage in discussions and scenarios to determine the different skills and behaviors required for building and maintaining internal and external relationships. The course emphasizes the role that collaboration plays in the successful delivery of disaster services.

Client Casework: Providing Emergency Assistance is a basic, instructor-led, video-supported course designed to train Red Cross caseworkers how to conduct effective client interviews and provide appropriate assistance to help meet a client’s immediate disaster-caused or disaster-aggravated needs.

Disaster Assessment Basics- Disaster Assessment Basics is an instructor-led, basic level course. The course encompasses the tasks and responsibilities of the Disaster Assessment activity on a disaster relief operation. The course includes a section on local disaster incidents, which may be customized by the instructor for a local disaster program. Please note there are pre-requisites for this course: Disaster Services: An Overview (DSO)

DSO: Disaster Services: An Overview is a basic level course that provides an introduction to Disaster Services at the American Red Cross. The course engages participants through integrated video and interactive activities.

Disaster Frontline Supervisor + Simulation: Disaster Frontline Supervisor (DFS) is an instructor-led, basic level course. Participants receive the Disaster Frontline Supervisor Handbook, which provides disaster relief operations supervisors with tools that support their success. The handbook is for use on operations and in the classroom. SIMULATION: The simulation builds on the information presented in the Disaster Frontline Supervisor (DFS) course. The simulation provides participants an opportunity to practice key supervisory skills and use the Disaster Frontline Supervisor Handbook as a resource. Please note there are prerequisites for this class: Applicants should have the training and experience equivalent to a Service associate in an activity in which she or he expects to become a supervisor.

Government Operations Fundamentals: The purpose of this basic Disaster Services course is to prepare Red Cross employees and volunteers who will be assigned to government emergency settings to work collaboratively with Red Cross partners, helping to ensure a coordinated response that results in effective service delivery. Please note there are prerequisites for this class: Sufficient operations knowledge and experience to provide a functional understanding of the concepts, principles and procedures associated with disaster assessment, sheltering, feeding, the provision of individual assistance and the basics of operations management needed to participate adequately in the discussions and activities contained in this course.

ERV: Ready, Set, Roll: The course provides participants with the opportunity to learn about and use an emergency response vehicle (ERV) and all related equipment. To attend the ERV orientation and take the road test, the following are required: Completion of the first session of the ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll self-study or instructor-led training and course review. Must be at least 21 years of age. A valid driver’s license. A clean driving record, verified by a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). To be eligible to drive an ERV, the following are required: ERVs: Ready, Set, Roll course certificate (sessions one and two) Current certifications in First Aid and CPR Successful completion of an American Red Cross approved defensive driving course. Successful completion of the online course, Basic Food Safety.

Financial & Statistical Information Management is a basic level instructor-led course designed to provide the operational procedures and tasks associated with Financial and Statistical Information Management. Please note there are pre-requisites for this class: Disaster Services: An Overview (DSO)

Fundamentals of Disaster Assessment: The purpose of this course is to introduce the critical role of Disaster Assessment, explore related preparedness tasks, learn how to collect and communicate disaster assessment information, and become familiar with how disaster assessment information supports management and service delivery decisions.

Health Services Response Workshop: Health Services Response Workshop is a basic level, instructor-led course. It introduces licensed health professionals to the roles and responsibilities of a Disaster Health Services volunteer when working on behalf of the American Red Cross to meet the disaster-related health needs of clients. Course activities provide participants an opportunity to apply their professional knowledge, experience and critical thinking abilities to the work-related challenges experienced by Red Cross workers who provide immediate assistance to clients in the aftermath of a disaster.

International Humanitarian Law: Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is intended to raise awareness among Red Cross representatives and general audiences about the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of international humanitarian law, and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict to implement IHL. Through a hands-on approach utilizing group activities, class discussion and multiple audiovisual aids, this newly-updated course invites participants to reflect on their images and perceptions of armed conflict and explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity even in the midst of the excesses of war.

Logistics Overview: Logistics: An Overview is an instructor-led, basic level course designed to give participants an overview of the Logistics group and the activities associated with it. Participants will learn about the skills, abilities and knowledge needed by Logistics workers and how they can become involved in their local chapter.

Mass Casualties Disaster: Mass Casualty Disasters is an instructor-led, basic level course that combines a series of presentations and class discussions using real-world examples to explore the four types of mass casualty disasters and the planning and response role of the American Red Cross as part of an overall community response. This interactive learning experience culminates in a simulation of a mass casualty event where participants form teams, representing a Red Cross chapter, and must make decisions during the first 24 hours following the disaster event.

Psychological First Aid: Psychological First Aid is an instructor-led, basic level course. It provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve. Participants engage in practice exercises and complete a self-review questionnaire.

Public Affairs Workshop: The purpose of this course is to examine the scope and responsibilities of the Public Affairs activity, in order to provide a framework in which to apply your public affairs knowledge, skills and experience on disaster relief operations.

Safe and Well Linking: Overview: Safe and Well Linking Overview is a basic, instructor-led course that details how chapters process welfare inquiries and outlines Safe and Well Linking activities on a disaster relief operation. It provides an overview of activity tools, the Safe and Well neighborhood, Safe and Well website and the Call Contact Capture System.

Shelter Fundamentals: Shelter Fundamentals is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. Referencing shelter checklists, participants will work on a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the Sheltering Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing.

Shelter Management: Shelter Management is an instructor-led, basic level course that introduces the roles, responsibilities and tasks of the shelter manager. Using the Sheltering Handbook, participants will work through a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the Sheltering Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing. The Sheltering Handbook provides the guidance for Red Cross shelter operations and serves as the main resource for the course. A video of Red Cross shelter managers talking about their experiences is incorporated into the course. Please note there are prerequisites for this class Red Cross Employees and Volunteers:

Red Cross Partners: • Disaster Frontline Supervisor, Must hold a supervisory role within their organization • Disaster Frontline Supervisor Simulation, Disaster Services Overview (DSO) • Shelter Fundamentals and  Basic food Safety.

Service Delivery Site Management- Service Delivery Site Management is an instructor-led, advanced level course designed to give the participants the knowledge and skills needed to run a service delivery site during a disaster. This course includes lecture, table group exercises and a half-day simulation of a disaster to test the participants’ knowledge of opening, maintaining and closing a service delivery site. Please note there are pre-requisites for this course: • Disaster Frontline Supervisor • Disaster Frontline Supervisor Simulation .

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism: An Overview is an instructor-led, basic level course designed to create an awareness of the complex response issues and concerns associated with a weapons of mass destruction/terrorism (WMD/T) incident. This learning experience consists of a series of presentations designed to share information and generate thought-provoking, interactive discussions that orient participants to the real-world considerations of WMD/T planning and response.

 

You can download the flyer with the class schedule here:

Disaster Training Institute Schedule_PRINT 2014-04 April

 

 

In April, We Honor Military Children

 

April is the “Month of the Military Child,” a time to honor and recognize the children of deployed military personnel.

There are about 2 million military children between the ages of newborn and 18 years old. These children often experience unique challenges of military life, including the deployment of parents, moving frequently, and changing schools while having to make new friends.

Parental separation combined with the reintegration of parents that come back from deployment with PTSD and physical disabilities can be really stressful to children. Some may have to face a parent’s death. Moving homes causes disrupted relationships with friends, and having to adjust to new communities and resources can make it hard for children to adapt.

The Red Cross supports America’s military members, veterans and their families.  Red Cross service programs can assist in making some of these experiences less strenuous.  These services range from responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.

There is also an Emergency Communication service which relays urgent messages to service workers stationed anywhere in the world. This service delivers notifications of emergency situations such as the death or serious illness of a family member, and the good news of the birth or a child.

Help is available at (877) 272-7337, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When calling the Red Cross, be prepared to provide as much of the following information about the service member as is known:

  •         Full legal name
  •         Rank/rating
  •         Branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
  •         Social Security number
  •         Date of birth
  •         Military unit address
  •         Information about the deployed unit and home base unit (for deployed service members only)

 

Spanish Speakers Needed As Volunteer Red Cross Health and Safety Instructors

You Can Help Teach People To Save Lives

The Red Cross of Southern Nevada is looking for bilingual Spanish speaking Volunteer Health and Safety Instructors to teach First Aid / CPR training courses in Las Vegas, NV.

Our volunteer instructors help people to learn the lifesaving skills that have resulted in so many happy endings during emergencies.

People who’ve suffered from smoke inhalation, victims of a car accident, or near drowning victims are often helped by someone who has been trained in CPR and First Aid. You can help to raise the odds that help is available when it’s needed.

Qualifications are as follows:

  • Experience in Education, Health Services, Psychology, Communications, Safety or a related field is preferred
  • You’ll be trained in Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED instruction
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • A positive and professional attitude and demeanor
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communications skills
  • Ability to operate video equipment
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts
  • Enthusiasm for American Red Cross products and services
  • Valid Nevada driver’s license and a good driving record

For a link to apply, go here.

 

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