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Needed: Public Affairs Volunteers to Help Tell the Red Cross Story


Nationwide, the American Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. That means a Red Cross volunteer mobilizes to make sure that a family is given the means to find shelter, food and clothing when they suddenly find themselves displaced.

Red Cross Public Affairs volunteers alert the media and our friends on social media that the Red Cross team is on the go, helping families to find their way back after the painful confusion that being displaced can bring. These highly trained volunteers work with local media as spokespersons during a large disaster, and send press releases and other information every time a Red Cross team is deployed. In doing so, we ensure that the community is notified when the Red Cross is in action.

These volunteers are also taught to tell the story in the digital space by posting to social media. Social media experts teach any new volunteers how to best leverage and post social media to again show the community when the Red Cross is on the move.

Volunteers work shifts – day, night or weekends, and are asked to volunteer at least 2 shifts per month.

An easy way to gain volunteer experience and hours, this volunteer capacity can also train you for working with the media.

Interested? Go to http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities#step1  Enter your zipcode, and select “Communications / PR” in the drop down menu.

Questions? Email frank.rutkowski@redcross.org


Enter the “March Is Red Cross Month” Video Conest



Tell Your Red Cross Story

March is Red Cross Month Video Contest


March is Red Cross Month, and we’d like to see what the Red Cross means to you.

Use your phones or cameras and make a short movie that explains your experience with the Red Cross, what you do for the Red Cross, or what the Red Cross has done for you.

We’d like to see your creativity and experience. Show us what you think the world needs to know about American Red Cross volunteers and the work that they do.

teenager girls recording with camera and posing

Deadline for submittals is 3pm Pacific Time on March 27, 2015.

Tell a story that shows how you help the Red Cross Mission or how the Red Cross affects your life or your community. Your point of view or topic can come from many sources:

Student                                                             Volunteer                                               Disaster survivor

Funds Donor                                                   Blood Donor                                          Blood Recipient

Medical Professional                                     Fire or First Responder Professional/Department

First Aid Provider                                          First Aid Recipient                                Veteran

Service To Armed Forces Volunteer          Service to Armed Forces Recipient


Guidelines for participating:

  • No experience necessary – a great message counts, not necessarily how slick the video looks.
  • 15 seconds to 1 minute
  • Don’t use copy written music – if you use music, make sure that it’s free to use, or make it yourself in an app.
  • Don’t get in trouble – respect people and property.
  • Submit as many videos as you like – We’d love to see all your inspiring stories.
  • Try to have a Red Cross symbol in the video.
  • You can use movie apps.
  • Get permission of people in your video – if you’d like to use someone outside your group or family, please get their permission.
  • Submit your video by uploading it on YouTube or Vimeo and filling out the submission form attached below, and emailing the link and the form to Lloyd.ziel@redcross.org.
  • Prizes will be American Red Cross merchandise, and will be determined by the size of your team.


Submission form: mircm-vid-submission-form1.pdf


Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at Regional Headquarters




Volunteers Needed to Train School Kids In Red Cross Preparedness


The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to teach our Pillowcase Project curriculum in local schools for 3 – 5 grade kids. You’ll teach them how to make a kit, calm themselves during emergencies and emotional times, and how to enlist their family in making emergency plans. Many schools are coming up, so many instructors are needed.

Training will be as follows:

  • February 7th – Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Training Session to be a Pillowcase Project Presenter

American Red Cross Office

1771 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 206B

Las Vegas, NV 89119

Note: Please complete Volunteer Connection Registration to become an American Red Cross Volunteer & the 2 hour online training before attending this training session PLEASE



If you have any questions, contact Lynn Rivera at  702-697-1710 or lynn.rivera@redcross.org

Enjoy “Pizza With A Purpose” To Raise Money for Red Cross Youth Leadership

The California Pizza Kitchen is holding a fundraiser for the American Red Cross Young Professionals Alliance. On the first Tuesday in December and January (12/2 and 1/6 – all day) the California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your check to this youth leadership organization. This fundraiser is only being held at the Town Square location, and you must print and bring in this page to apply.

The fundraiser information is as follows:

First Tuesday in December and January (12/2 and 1/6) – All day

California Pizza Kitchen Town Square

6659 Las Vegas Blvd.

Just South of Sunset Road

Las Vegas, NV 89119

(702) 896-5154

The Young Professionals Alliance of the American Red Cross was created for the purpose of developing high achieving, diverse young leaders across Southern Nevada.  The Alliance functions to actively involve youth in all aspects of the Red Cross through leadership development in activities directly related to the needs of the community and the mission of the Red Cross.

Through the American Red Cross Young Professionals Alliance, students will learn integral leadership skills that they may not be able to develop in a classroom setting. Students will gain:

  1. Personal confidence
  2. Community service hours required for graduation
  3. College and career skill
  4. Resume-building experience
  5. Networking opportunities with community leaders
  6. Service learning experience and more!

Join the Pizza Dough Rewards program on your next visit or at cpk.com and receive a free Small Plate for registering.

This FUNdraiser offer is valid only on the date(s) and at the CPK location identified on this flyer. Only 501c organizations and non-profit schools are eligible to participate in CPK’s FUNdraiser program. CPK will donate twenty percent of food and beverage sales to the ororganization. Tax, gratuity, gift card and retail sales are excluded from the donation. Offer valid for dine in , take out, online, catering or curbside orders. Valid for delivery orders placed directly with CPK. Offer void if flyer is distributed in or near restaurant. For more information about the 501c organization participating in the FUNdraiser, please contact the organization directly.

The American Red Cross Offers Holiday Safety and Gift Ideas!

images (1) The holidays are drawing near and most people are making plans to enjoy the season

with their loved ones. And during this time of year, many people look for ways in which

they can help people in their community.

The American Red Cross has released its annual Holiday Giving Catalog online. Here,

shoppers can “give something that means something” in many different forms. There

will be many people that will receive gifts of blood, infant care kits for baby’s, comfort

kits for wounded warriors or water containers used when natural disasters disrupt a

community’s water supply overseas. The American Red Cross is asking people to

remember those in need this year by giving something meaningful – giving hope to

those in need.

Every 19 hours the Red Cross responds to a disaster in Southern Nevada, and a

financial donation or a meaningful and symbolic gift from the Holiday Catalog at

www.redcross.org/gifts can help the nearly 70,000 people nationwide who turn to the

Red Cross every year for assistance with disasters on every scale.

Catalog purchases come with beautiful greeting cards than can be sent to a friend or

loved one, with donations made in their name. The purchase of each gift item is a tax-
deductible contribution that supports the mission of the Red Cross.

The holidays also mean more activity in our homes, whether it’s parties, or dinners, or

just family and friends dropping by. More people in the house can sometimes create a

little bit of holiday chaos. It’s important to remember to play it safe, and set some ground

rules on where children can play, for example, and ensure that safety around the home

keeps the holidays bright.

More than any other room in the house, the kitchen is the most likely room in the house

to catch fire. Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires in the country, and as the holidays

are upon us, the American Red Cross wants to remind everyone of steps they can take

to avoid a fire hazard while cooking.

Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Never leave cooking food

unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave

the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. Other safety steps include:

• Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.

Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.

• Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make

them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

• Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils,

paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your

stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

• Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

• Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your

local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

• Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure

all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

• Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near

sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed.

Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a



The Red Cross of Southern Nevada responded to home fires affecting nearly 1,200

people during the 2013 fiscal year, delivering relief including shelter, food and

clothing. Of those fires, 55 of them were during last year’s November – December

holiday period. House fires are statistically the worst disaster threat to families in the

United States.

Staying vigilant, and taking steps to create a safe and thoughtful atmosphere for

your family and guests will help to make this holiday season one that is marked with

warm memories.

All of us here at the American Red Cross would like to wish you a safe, happy and

peaceful holiday season.

American Red Cross Disaster Institute Offers Training for Volunteers

The Southern Nevada chapter is holding its “Ready To Respond” Disaster Institute from October 9 – 27, 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.


Thursday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 21

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:




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