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Red Cross Disaster Training Institute Set for Jan. 22 – Feb. 5

It’s Disaster Institute Time!  Want to learn how to run a shelter or what is involved with disaster assessment?  These are just 2 of the classes being offered during our January Disaster Institute which runs from January 22nd until February 5th.  This is a great opportunity to find out what other positions do and learn a new skill.   To look at the offerings and sign up for a class go to volunteer connection and from the “my shifts’ tab scroll down to disaster training.

 

You can also download the schedule. 2015 Winter Disaster Training Institute Schedule_v4

 

If you’re not a Red Cross volunteer yet, call Christina Aberle at 702-531-0228 or email her at Christina.Aberle@redcross.org

 

 

 

 

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We Need Your Help To Make 100,000 Disaster Relief Kits

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The American Red Cross has partnered with Clean the World and Sands Cares  to build 100,000 disaster relief hygiene kits and we need your help to hit our target.  The goal of the One Project is to show that every single person can make a positive impact on the life of another. Sometimes it is the creature comforts and necessities found in the hygiene kits that will give someone the strength to pull themselves up after a disaster.

Knowing that these kits were all made by hand lets them know there are people out there who care.  We would love to have you join us on September 20th or 21st at The Venetian hotel as we work together to create kits that will be used not only locally but will also be distributed across the country to people in need. Lets show the nation just how much Las Vegas cares! Come fill bags with soap, shampoo and lotion or connect your heart to theirs and spend the day writing inspirational cards. You never know when disaster will strike and it is the little things that can make the biggest difference. All it takes is two hours of your time,  chick here to register for your shift today!

Check out the video for more information.

Can’t make the event but want to show your support go ahead and click that donate button right here -> 

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Urgent Need For Blood

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We are in the midst of the 100 most deadly days of summer but at the same time we also have 100 days of hope! Hope that our community will respond to our call for much needed blood donations.

We have had 80,000 fewer blood donations since May than expected!

If you are looking for a way to help your community but don’t have a lot of time to give then joining us for our blood drive on August 20, 2014 from 3:00pm -7:00pm is the perfect way for you to give back.

Bring a friend! If every donor now through the end of summer brought a friend to donate, we could prevent an emergency situation.

Spaces are limited so for more information and to schedule your appointment please call (702) 369-3149 today!

You can also reserve your appointment time by logging on to redcrossblood.org and enter the Sponsor Code: So NV Chapter.

As an added bonus all presenting donors will receive 2 tickets for the Marc Savard Comedy Show at the V Theatre and be able to enter to win a $100 gift card (drawing to be held at the end of August)

If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.

American Red Cross – Southern Nevada Chapter
Blood Drive
August 20, 3:00pm – 7:00pm ( by appointment only)
1771 East Flamingo Road – Training Room
For appointments call (702) 369-3149
Blood is especially needed this time of year, your donation could help save the lives of countless individuals.

 

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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.

 

 

Red Cross “Ready to Respond” Disaster Institute In Full Swing

 

 

 

The Southern Nevada chapter has been pretty busy the last weeks before our Disaster Institute started last week. Preparation of student packets, projectors, signage, scheduling instructors… it’s all led up to 10 days of classes scheduled from 8am to 10pm every day.

Volunteers have come in to teach our new volunteers the skills that they’ll need responding to disaster and how to set up a disaster operation.

That training came in handy this summer when Red Cross volunteers set up a 2 week disaster response to our local wildfires on the Spring Mountain range. This was followed by a neighborhood evacuation following a severe storm.

American Red Cross volunteers and staff are trained the same curriculum around the country so that, when a group come together to respond to a large disaster event such as Superstorm Sandy, everyone will have the same knowledge on how all procedures are carried out.

This valuable training is only available at your local Red Cross chapter, and anyone is welcome.  If you have questions about this, or upcoming Institutes, call 702- 531-0228.

 

 

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