Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Some helpful links with information for how to pitch in as Oklahomans try to pick up the pieces today from yesterday's massive tornado.
The devastating tornado that rocked Oklahoma on Monday leaves many wondering how to help — even from hundreds of miles away in Brecksville. According to the Red Cross: "The 14 Red Cross Chapters in NEO are currently on alert waiting for the possibility of local volunteers to be called for deployment to assist with the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma." Patch is about helping your neighbors, and today after the devastation near Oklahoma City where a giant tornado claimed the lives of at least 51 people, including many children, Oklahoma is our neighbor. In addition to hoping the best for the survivors and rescue workers still trying to make sense of the devastation today, here are some links where you can donate your time…
Monday, March 4, 2013
The drill will take place at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday throughout Ohio.
No need for alarm — the sirens you'll likely hear blasting at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday are part of the 2013 Statewide Tornado Drill. During the test, sirens will sound across Ohio for about three minutes, and some cities may opt to repeat the drill. The drill is dependent on the weather forecast recommendation of the National Weather Service (NWS). As of Sunday evening, the National Weather Service has predicted no severe weather for Northeast Ohio on Wednesday. For additional information on the drill and Severe Weather Awareness Week, see the Ohio Committee on Severe Weather Awareness. Tornado app Additionally, the American Red Cross launched its official Tornado app Monday, putting potentially lifesaving information in the hands of people who…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Check out these safety tips for before, during and after winter storms.
Northeast Ohio, including Brecksville, is expected to see heavy snow Wednesday afternoon and evening. The American Red Cross has a few tips for what to do during and after the storm, including what to do if there’s a power outage: For more safety tips, including what to have ready for the next storm, check out the full PDFs from the Red Cross above.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Salvation Army and American Red Cross branches in Ohio and nationally are poised to provide aid to those who need it, and you can help them do it.
Ohio has already been affected by the FrankenStorm, also known as Hurricane Sandy, but our neighbors to the east are getting hit much worse. And if you're safe and sound at home, you may feel compelled to do something to help them. There are many ways to help, we're just featuring two options in this story: American Red Cross and Salvation Army. When the electricity goes out and people need shelter, it's usually the American Red Cross that sets up those shelters in schools, churches or community centers. They provide cots to sleep on, food and a safe place to rest. Sunday, the Red Cross had already set up 112 shelters in nine states. That's just the beginning. But all that costs money and while the Red Cross was created by the U.S. …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Red Cross has advice on how to cope if the electricity goes off
All of Northeast Ohio is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. With high wind and thunderstorms possible this evening, the American Red Cross has advice on how to handle a potential power outage: Before the Outage • Keep a couple of coolers on hand to store your cold food. Surround it with ice and make sure you have a digital quick-check thermometer to test whether the food has gotten too warm. • Have an emergency kit on hand with non-perishable food, water, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, cash, medications and personal hygiene items. • Keep a non-cordless phone around. It's likely to work when the power is out. • Make sure your car's gas tank is full. During the …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
This free app isn't supposed to be a substitute for American Red Cross first aid training, but it's good in a pinch.
First aid emergencies are much less scary if you know what to do and a new app created by the American Red Cross aims to do that. The First Aid by American Red Cross app, created for both Android and iPhone users, offers step-by-step instructions on first aid including videos and animations, preparedness tips for natural disasters and a 9-1-1 button for big emergencies. It's like having a friend who's an emergency medical technician on speed dial. But it's not a substitute for in-person first aid training which the American Red Cross chapters offers regularly. The Greater Cleveland chapter offers classes in the new hands-only CPR, babysitting, lifeguarding and more.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The next blood drive is Thursday.
“Urgent Need!” “Blood Donors Needed” These phrases, along with the recognizable American Red Cross logo, are a common sight in Brecksville. According to the American Red Cross, 58 blood drives were held in Brecksville from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, the organization's fiscal year. The blood drives resulted in 2,212 “productive procedures” – procedures where the standard pint of blood was able to be collected and separated into red blood cells, platelets and plasma, Communications Manager for the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region Christy Chapman said in an email. During that same time period, 59,276 procedures were completed throughout all of Cuyahoga County. That means nearly 4 percent of the blood collected in the county came from …
Monday, March 21, 2011
School news, library events and a local blood drive offer plenty of options for residents.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Education Center. Have you read John Grisham’s The Innocent Man? Then you might be interested in the book discussions at the Brecksville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Wednesday and Thursday. The Wednesday discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. and the Thursday discussion begins at 10 a.m. Call the library to register. There will be a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Community Center. If you have a student in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District, you might want to make a note that there’s no school for students on Friday. The Brecksville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public …