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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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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 Response to Carpenter 1 Fire Continues

 

Red Cross Response to Carpenter 1 Fire Continues

Additional volunteers mobilized to assist staff

 

Las Vegas, NV. Saturday, July 6, 2013 The American Red Cross continues its relief response in wildfire affected areas around the Las Vegas and Pahrump valleys. Reception centers in Pahrump and Las Vegas continue to offer food, water, and emotional support.

 

Total numbers since the beginning of the wildfire response are as follows:

  • 336 meals have been provided.
  • 30 Red Cross responders today have been working in various aspects
  • 2 people and 2 pets were provided with shelter and food

 

In addition to meals provided to evacuees, Red Cross volunteers were police escorted into the evacuated area to provide meals to government responders.  Responders included Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol and Forestry personnel.

 

Red Cross has been working with, and convening community partners in rolling out a comprehensive response. From schools as reception centers to governments reaching out with animal care, the Las Vegas community has come together to support our neighbors who have been displaced.

 

Over the next several days and weeks, Red Cross client casework volunteers will stay in contact with the victims and provide referrals, as they begin their road to recovery.

 

Information on wildfire disasters and response can be found at the following links.

 

Guide to responding during a wildfire and recovering after. –http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire

 

Wildfire Safety Checklist  – http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340149_Wildfire.pdf  –

 

During a disaster people process information in different ways, especially children.  For more information on emotional response to disaster you can follow this link.

http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/recovering-emotionally
The American Red Cross stands ready to serve the American people at any time – day or night. But we can’t do it alone. The American Red Cross is not a government agency, but rather, we depend on the generosity of donors to continue this mission.

 

Anyone wishing to support the many Red Cross disaster responses around the country can make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), going to redcross.org, or they can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation with their mobile phone. 

 

 

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