12/14/2009 - YCE Trains 12 New First Aid/CPR/AED Instructors in the Month of November
November proved to be an incredible month for the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter’s Youth for Chinese Elderly program. Youth officers from the YCE’s nine high school clubs trained members in disaster preparedness all month long. Altogether, more than 200 youth members were trained. Additionally, 12 select youth leaders were chosen to become first aid/CPR/AED lay responder instructors.
12/14/2009 - Northern California VOAD Receives Grant to Expand Capacity for Disaster Response
The Northern California Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is one of two VOAD branches containing multiple local chapters. Its mission is to serve those affected by disasters by cultivating inter-agency capacity, increasing response capabilities in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and providing effective disaster response and recovery operations. NorCal VOAD also has a strong partnership with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.
12/14/2009 - Red Cross Client Bisher Alsibai Experiences the Red Cross on a Local Level
Bishar Alsibai was recovering in a Redwood City hospital when the nurse passed him a message that the Red Cross had called to check in on him. Earlier in the day, Alsibai’s apartment had caught fire, destroying everything he owned and sending him to the hospital. His only consolation was that his seven-year-old twin daughters had been at school when the fire happened.
12/14/2009 - DAT Lead Paul Witte Makes Every Little Bit Count
Paul Witte, Disaster Action Team (DAT) Lead for Contra Costa County, first became involved with the Red Cross after 9/11 when he volunteered to work in the call center in Oakland. “I just wanted to help,” he said.
11/12/2019 - Red Cross and Western Pacific Renal Network Help Ensure Disabled Individuals Are Ready for Disaster
Emergencies and disasters happen without warning. For kidney transplant and dialysis patients, disaster preparedness is particularly important as disaster situations can severely limit the availability of resources required for successful dialysis treatment. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has partnered with Western Pacific Renal Network to ensure that dialysis patients who may be physically handicapped, are still prepared in case of a disaster.
11/12/2019 - Military Retiree Helps Veterans and Service Members as Red Cross Volunteer
M. Ann Harris retired from the Air Force after nearly 22 years of service. Now she continues to serve her country's service members as a volunteer with the Service to the Armed Forces program at Travis Air Force Base in Solano County.
11/5/2019 - Red Cross Responds to Increased Number of Home Fires in Bay Area
The need for Red Cross services is greater than ever -- especially for those who need support after house fires. In the Bay Area, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has seen a 52 percent increase in the number of people needing help this fall compared to the same time last year.
11/4/2019 - Volunteer Shares Memories from Work in American Samoa
My team leader, Omeka Gaisoa, gestures to a yellow house in Pago Pago, and says, “One of our co-workers lived there. Vaipalolo Viena. She died.” There is silence in the car as we look at the ruins; the house is torn off its foundation and surrounded by rubble. A black wreath is on the side. The devastation leaves me breathless – houses destroyed, boats through buildings, and piles of debris where towns once were.
10/26/2009 - Communications Van Sees First Deployment at Nike Marathon
On October 18, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter's communications van saw its first use in several years, serving as one of the net control stations for the 2009 Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco. The van handled medical and logistics requests for the first half of the race.
10/16/2009 - Breakfast Honors Local Heroes in Alameda County
The annual Alameda County Heroes Breakfast was held on October 8 at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel. More than 110 people including volunteers, community dignitaries, honorees and Red Cross staff attended the event. The breakfast that was emceed by KTVU-TV news anchor Heather Holmes.
10/16/2009 - Volunteer Understands the Importance of Being Prepared – and Makes Sure Others Do Too
After seeing the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005, Denise Cooke became a Red Cross volunteer and has devoted much of her time and energy to ensuring that she, along with her friends and family are prepared for disaster.
10/15/2009 - Red Cross and Partners Offer Educator's Workshop on Humanitarian Law
The American Red Cross, along with its partners World Savvy and ORIAS at the University of California, Berkeley, will offer an educator workshop for teaching the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum on Saturday, November 7. This workshop provides resources to help students understand the rules governing war and their impact on human life and dignity.
10/13/2009 - American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Launches Red Cross Ready RatingTM Program to Prepare Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits for Emergencies
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter today launched its new one-of-a-kind Red Cross Ready Rating TM program to help businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area with their emergency planning and preparedness efforts. The program was officially unveiled during a special session at the Disaster Readiness Summit 2009 in San Francisco, part of the week’s events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
10/12/2019 - Solano County Interagency Symposium: A Collaborative Success
The 2009 Solano County Interagency Symposium proved to be a great success. On September 17, Solano County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SVOD) in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the United Way of the Bay Area, held the “Building Disaster Resilient Communities Symposium” from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Joseph A. Nelson Center in Suisun City
10/2/2019 - American Red Cross Responds as Part of Global Network to Multiple Disasters in the Pacific and Southeast Asia
As Southeast Asia and the South Pacific islands grapple with devastating earthquakes, a typhoon and a tsunami, the American Red Cross is helping to provide relief as part of the global Red Cross relief network.
10/1/2019 - Red Cross Provides Update on International Relief Operations
Nan Buzard, senior director of international response and programs for the American Red Cross, discusses the global Red Cross presence in light of the disasters in the Asia Pacific region. She globe hops from the tsunami relief efforts in American Samoa and Samoa to the earthquake response in Indonesia and lands at the ongoing typhoon response in the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos.
10/1/2019 - Second Earthquake Hits Indonesia, Red Cross Searches for Survivors
A second quake shook the Indonesian island of Sumatra, one day after the first devastating earthquake left more than 500 dead and thousands more trapped. Today's quake, measuring 6.6 in magnitude, struck early this morning approximately 180 miles from the epicenter of the first tremor.