Revolution Stars Support the Red Cross

Wilmington, NC- On October 30, 2012, two stars from the hit NBC show revolution- David Lyons and Tim Guinee-  stopped by the American Red Cross, Cape Fear Chapter to show their support for the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy response.  Being from New York, this storm hit close to home for Guinee.  He stopped by the local chapter to make a donation and find out how he could help support the cause.

Helping HMS Bounty Survivors

Red Cross Provides Assistance to HMS Bounty Survivors

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Replica of H.M.S. Bounty and Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales (N.S.W.), Australia, Pacific
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ELIZABETH CITY, NC, Monday, October 29, 2012Representatives from the American Red Cross Greater Albemarle Area Chapter, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, met with the survivors of the HMS Bounty. Early this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 14 people from HMS Bounty some 90 miles off the coast of Hatteras, NC amidst treacherous winds and seas.  The HMS Bounty- a 180 ft. sailing ship featured in movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean– was traveling from Connecticut in route to Florida when they sent out a distressed signal Sunday night.

The Coast Guard contacted the local Red Cross (the two organizations work in partnership on many kinds of disaster responses) to arrange a meeting with the 14 individuals rescued from the ship. Red Cross disaster volunteers spoke with each of the clients offering their comfort and support as well as providing them with food, clothing, and shelter, and assisting with other immediate needs as necessary.

“We support our community during all types of disaster whether that’s a hurricane, a home fire, or in this case, an ocean rescue,” said Carolyn Self, Executive Director for the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter.

In addition to supporting this Coast Guard rescue mission, the Greater Albemarle Area Red Cross has been headquarters to the local Hurricane Sandy response operation since early last Friday. Red Cross workers there are supporting shelters, doing damage assessment, and providing food and supplies to residents throughout the northeastern part of NC.

“We rely on the support of the community, through donations of time, money and blood, to ensure we are always there when help is needed,” said Self.

If you would like to help people affected by these disasters, you can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org

Hurricane Sandy Response

Red Cross Continues Hurricane Sandy Response,  Readies Volunteers to Move to Affected Areas

People Can Support Response by Giving To Red Cross Disaster Relief

EASTERN NC, Monday, October 29, 2012— The American Red Cross continues preparedness and response efforts for Hurricane Sandy across multiple states along the East Coast.

Sunday October 28, 2012.Red Cross Shelter at Pleasantville High School – Pleasantville ,New Jersey. Identical twins Patty (left) and Cathy DeBeer of Ventnor, N.J., were tickled to get “comfort kits” of hygiene supplies supplied by the Red Cross.

The effects of the storm have already been felt by most North Carolina residents as Sandy continues to pound down on the Outer Banks and across the northeastern part of the state.  The major threat to our area has been high winds and coastal flooding which has already shut down roads and caused power outages.

From the Eastern NC Red Cross, hundreds of local disaster volunteers have been called to respond. Three emergency vehicles stocked with supplies are staged in damage-prone areas. Over the weekend, two evacuation shelters were opened in flood prone areas near the Pamlico Sound with 76 residents seeking shelter and comfort from the storm. Household clean up kits and comfort kits with hygiene items have been given to 30 families whose homes experienced wind and flood damage, more supplies will be distributed throughout the next few days.

Red Cross workers have set up a command center in Elizabeth City and have volunteers ready to provide services and conduct damage assessment in affected areas across our region.  Once the threat in NC has passed, the Eastern NC Region will support the larger response operation along the east coast.

“We anticipate moving volunteers and supplies by the end of the week,” said Victoria Kling, Response Manager for the Eastern NC Red Cross. “Once it is safe to mobilize our teams, we will send resources further north to support the Hurricane Sandy response.”

Although NC will be spared the big hit from Hurricane Sandy, this large and powerful storm could affect as many as 60 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The Red Cross has workers and relief supplies in place to provide help to people in the path of Sandy. Almost 100 Red Cross emergency vehicles are mobilizing to distribute meals and relief supplies after the storm passes. Thousands of ready-to-eat meals and relief supplies such as cots and blankets are also being sent into the region.

HOW TO HELP  “This will be a large, costly relief response and we need help now,” Kling said. “People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone.”

Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The storm has already caused the cancellation of Red Cross blood drives in the region, and more cancellations are expected. This has resulted in the loss of several hundred units of blood and platelets so far. The Red Cross has shipped blood products to hospitals in the affected area in advance of the storm as patients will still need blood and platelets despite the weather. If anyone is eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, they are asked to please schedule a blood donation now.

To schedule a blood donation or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health.

Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them.  Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Red Cross Stands up Satellite Communications in Elizabeth City and Prepares for Hurricane Sandy

ELIZABETH CITY, NC, Saturday, October 27, 2012 Before the severe weather started yesterday evening, Red Cross disaster workers from Wilmington, NC headed to the northern part of the state to assist with preparedness efforts for Hurricane Sandy.  Response Manager, Victoria Kling and Lead Disaster Services Technology Volunteer, Chris Nienow, loaded up a trailer with supplies, including a VSAT, and made their way to Elizabeth City, NC.

Chris Nienow (right) and Kerry Karusse (Emergency Communication Coordinator with ARES) worked to set up the VSAT

A VSAT (short for very small aperture terminal) is an earthbound station used in satellite communications of data, voice and video signals.  These satellites are strategically located at 40 Red Cross chapters in hurricane risk areas from Texas to New York. Using these devices, a chapter in an area where the infrastructure has been affected can reestablish communications to share vital information with other Red Cross units. Each site represents approximately $65,000 in technology investment.

The VSAT, typically housed at the Cape Fear Chapter in Wilmington, was transported to the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter in Elizabeth City where flooding and power outages are expected.  Disaster volunteers assembled the satellite equipment in the chapter office which will now have a communications infrastructure in place to support the response operation even if cable and telephone lines are knocked out.

The American Red Cross Eastern NC Region has mobilized hundreds of volunteers along with vehicles and supplies in preparation of and in response to Hurricane Sandy.  Trained Red Cross disaster volunteers stand ready to feed, shelter and provide supplies as well as provide comfort and emotional support to residents along the east coast. Relief supplies like cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals and snacks have been moved into place to support response efforts.

Weather experts predict the massive storm could affect residents up and down the eastern region of the United States for several days and the Red Cross is working with government officials and community partners to coordinate a wide-ranging response. Sandy is expected to bring as much as ten inches of rain and flooding in some areas, winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour, extended power outages and even several feet of snow in the higher elevations.

Chris Nienow and Victoria Kling load up supplies along with the VSAT and make the 5 hour drive to Elizabeth City.

BE READY The Red Cross has information on its website about how to get prepared for the storm, including steps for hurricane and power outage emergencies. Videos are also available to help get prepared, including information on severe weather preparedness and how to get ready for winter weather.

RED CROSS APPS People should download the free Red Cross Hurricane and First Aid apps for mobile devices to have emergency information at their fingertips. The Hurricane App provides real-time hurricane safety information such as weather alerts and where Red Cross shelters are located. The app also features a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and the one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media sites to tell family and friends they are okay.

The Hurricane App can be downloaded in Spanish by changing the language setting on someone’s smart phone to Spanish before downloading. The First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in someone’s hand. The apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

HOW TO HELP To help people affected by disasters like this, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The Red Cross is moving shipments of blood products to hospitals along the coast in advance of the storm as patients will still need blood and platelets despite the weather. Sandy could affect the turn-out at Red Cross blood drives. If anyone is eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, they are asked to please schedule a blood donation now.

To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org

 

Goldsboro Volunteers Assist with Hurricane Sandy Response

GOLDSBORO, NC, Saturday, October 27, 2012Heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy is expected to cause flooding around the Pamlico Sound area and the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting by sending an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) with a team of volunteers and supplies. The ERV team is two Goldsboro residents; disaster volunteers Roberto Mendozo and Audrey King are making their way to the Pamlico area to support the response efforts.   They will use the ERV for mobile feed and distribution of clean up kits and other supplies.

Roberto has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for 30 years and Audrey has been with the organization for 5 years. Both volunteers have teamed up in previous response operations around North Carolina.  Last year they drove the ERV equipped with food and supplies to communities affected by the spring tornadoes and Hurricane Irene.

Audrey says she volunteers to help others in needs. “Disasters can be devastating to those that are affected by them,” said Audrey.  “It’s about helping out those who need it most and it’s a way to give back to your community.”

The Red Cross is continuing to move volunteers throughout our region to support the response operation. There are 121 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV’s) on alert across the country, which will move into areas across the US affected by Sandy to assist with mobile feeding and bulk distribution of supplies.

Sandy is expected to bring as much as ten inches of rain and flooding in some areas, winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour, extended power outages and even several feet of snow in the higher elevations.

Red Cross chapters throughout the potentially affected areas are mobilizing hundreds of disaster workers, readying shelters and coordinating response efforts with community partners. Red Cross workers across the northeast are finalizing preparations in advance of opening shelters as early as Sunday afternoon if needed. Relief supplies like cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals and snacks are being moved into place to support sheltering efforts.

If someone would like to help people affected by these disasters, they can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is Lurking Around the Corner

Red Cross tips help make it safe and less scary

As ghosts and vampires get ready to roam the streets, the American Red Cross has tips to make this a frightfully safe Halloween.

Costume Safety

Whether a child wants to be a princess, a monster or a superhero for Halloween, parents can help keep it safe by:

  • Adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Using flame-resistant costumes.
  • Using face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see.

Navigating the Neighborhood

To maximize safety, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where c

Red Cross volunteers hand out treats to little ghouls and goblins at last year’s “Trunk-or-Treat” in Wilmington.

hildren are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood.

Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
  • Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

Trick or Treat!

For those who expect to greet trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips:

  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

Blood and Disaster Team Up to Save Newborn Baby

Wilmington, NC — The 8th Annual Griffin Riso Blood Drive & American Red Cross Fundraising Event will be held next Saturday, October 20 from 8:30am-2:00pm at the WestPort Subdivision in Leland.

Only days after he was born on August 12, 2004, Griffin Riso was saved by a blood transfusion and special procedure needed due to a rare platelet disorder.  This occurred in the midst of Hurricane Charley bearing down on the Carolina Coast.

Doctors informed the Riso Family that Griffin’s prognosis was not good, as his platelet count was rapidly decreasing, and he would likely hemorrhage and die.   The American Red Cross was able to save Griffin’s life by immediately finding a qualified donor from which to harvest the platelets Griffin needed in order to survive, and by transporting the critical platelets to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be transfused to Griffin amidst a disaster.

In gratitude to the American Red Cross for saving Griffin’s life, and to help increase community awareness of the importance of volunteer blood donors and the need for volunteers to support blood collection and disaster relief efforts, the Riso Family has sponsored the Annual Griffin Riso Blood Drive & Fundraiser each year since 2005 around Griffin’s birthday.

To date, this event has generated hundreds of units of lifesaving blood that have been supplied to area hospitals, and thousands of dollars in funds to support the vital programs and services provided by the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross

The Riso Blood Drive and Fundraiser is open to the public and will feature food, live music, face painting, silent auction and more. To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information, call (910) 383-2295 or (201) 400-0345.  Walk-ins are also welcome!

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.