Lifeguard shortage threatens full opening of Chicago beaches and pools this summer
It's the official start of beach season and the city is facing a severe, widespread lifeguard shortage that could result in closed beaches and pools this year. Chicago Park District officials say because of the pandemic, there were a shortage of American Red Cross trainings that are needed for hiring. But recruitment efforts also could be hampered because of a lifeguard sex abuse scandal last fall.chicagotribune.com
American Red Cross teams up with Saint Cloud Fire Rescue to install free smoke alarms
Video: American Red Cross teams up with Saint Cloud Fire Rescue to install free smoke alarms The American Red Cross and Saint Cloud Fire Rescue teamed up Saturday to make sure residents have working smoke alarms. CLOUD, Fla. — The American Red Cross and Saint Cloud Fire Rescue teamed up Saturday to make sure residents have working smoke alarms. WATCH: Osceola County deputy’s Taser caused gas station fire that injured man, 3 deputies, report saysThey went door to door installing free smoke alarms in Saint Cloud homes. Photos: American Red Cross teams up with Saint Cloud Fire Rescue to install free smoke alarmsExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 American Red Cross teams up with Saint Cloud Fire Rescue to install free smoke alarmsSmoke alarms should be placed on each level of a home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas. WATCH: ‘Nothing at all on the shelf’: Parents seek imported baby formula amid shortageThis is all part of the American Red Cross’ “Sound the Alarm” campaign, which was launched nearly a decade ago.wftv.com
Sound the Alarm: Firefighters go door-to-door installing free smoke alarms
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Fire Rescue partnered with the American Red Cross on Saturday for its annual Sound the Alarm Event. On Saturday, firefighters and volunteers went door-to-door in The Groves Community in Pine Hills with the goal of visiting more than 400 homes and offering to install free smoke alarms. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 Red Cross - OCFR - Smoke Alarms - Groves CommunityThe #SoundTheAlarm initiative is about being proactive and ensuring residents are prepared and educated in the event of an emergency by installing free smoke alarms in homes that do not have them or need them replaced and educating residents about fire prevention and safety. Read: Wild Florida to debunk alligator myths during Gator WeekThis event is part of a nationwide campaign to provide and install 50,000 free smoke alarms in at-risk communities. Read: Orlando Fringe Festival returns to Loch Haven Park with new venues and showsClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
American Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in Parramore, educates residents on fire safety
ORLANDO, Fla. — The American Red Cross of Central Florida educated residents on fire safety Saturday. TIMELINE: 14-year-old boy dies after falling from ICON Park free fall rideVolunteers teamed up with the Orlando Fire Department to go door-to-door in the Parramore community. They were able to install 29 smoke alarms in homes. Photos: American Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in Parramore, educates residents on fire safetyExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 10 American Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in Parramore, educates residents on fire safetyThe groups were able to service 58 homes last Saturday in the area. Officials said making communities safer is the main reason the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign back in 2014.wftv.com
Orange County firefighters, Red Cross volunteers install free smoke alarms in Parramore
SEE: World’s longest car, complete with helipad and jacuzzi, cruises into OrlandoMembers of the American Red Cross of Central Florida and Orlando Fire Rescue headed out into the neighborhood on Saturday. They installed 83 free smoke alarms in nearly 60 homes. Photos: Orange County firefighters, Red Cross volunteers install free smoke alarms in ParramoreExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 4 Orange County firefighters, Red Cross volunteers install free smoke alarms in ParramoreFirefighters also helped educate people living in the Parramore community about home fire safety. READ: Florida spring break shooting: 3 shot in South BeachThis was all part of the American Red Cross’ Home Fire Campaign, which started in 2014. AdventHealth is seeking to fill hundreds of positions across Central FloridaThe American Red Cross said it responds to a disaster every eight minutes, and the vast majority are home fires that claim around seven lives every day.wftv.com
EXPLAINER: Blood supplies run short, affecting patient care
After the holidays, it’s normal for the nationwide supply of life-saving blood to dwindle at hospitals and blood banks as donations slow. The American Red Cross, which provides 40 percent of the nation’s blood, says supplies are dangerously low. Last week in Idaho, many hospitals had to implement standards that allowed them to ration care due to low supplies as well as staff shortages. The AABB is leading a group of hospitals, care providers and blood collection organizations to tackle the problem. “Donating regularly will help maintain the stability of the blood supply, so that blood is always available for patients when it is needed.”Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Krispy Kreme offering free doughnuts to blood donors amid national shortage
Doughnuts for blood donors Stock photo of a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in Mountain View, Calif. on Aug. 12, 2011. The chain announced Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, that people who donate blood between now and Jan. 31 will receive a free dozen glazed doughnuts. Krispy Kreme announced Monday that people who donate blood between now and Jan. 31 will receive a free dozen glazed doughnuts. >> Read more trending newsDonors need only show Krispy Kreme employees proof of their donation and the date through “your donor band or sticker, or flash your donor app” to claim the reward. >> Related: American Red Cross declares national blood shortage as omicron surges“We’re grateful for all that the American Red Cross does for our country and we want to help them.wftv.com
American Red Cross declares national blood shortage as omicron surges
The country is in dire straits when it comes to the nation’s blood supply. >> Read more trending newsThe American Red Cross has declared a national blood crisis for the first time in the organization’s history, CBS News reported. The one-two punch is leading to what the Red Cross said is the worst blood shortage in a decade. The Red Cross urges anyone who can donate to do so. Appointments can be made on the Red Cross Blood Donor app, on RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.wftv.com
Blood banks seeing shortages of supplies, worst some have seen in decades
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the nation’s blood supply is being impacted with some saying they haven’t seen it this low for decades. >> Read more trending newsThe American Red Cross said the pandemic has cut the number of healthy blood donors, The New York Times reported. For more information on blood donations, visit the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies, America’s Blood Centers or the American Red Cross. More coronavirus pandemic coverage:>> Coronavirus: How long between exposure to the virus and the start of symptoms? This tool will tell you>> How to not let coronavirus pandemic fatigue set in, battle back if it does©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Orlando Red Cross volunteers to assist in Kentucky tornado recovery
Kentucky: Aftermath of tornado in Mayfield MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY - DEC. 12: An aerial photo shows a damage as cleanup efforts continue after tornado hit Mayfield, Kentucky, United States on Dec. 12, 2021.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross of Greater Orlando Chapter have been deployed to help communities affected by the tornado.
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Firefighters: 10 people displaced after multi-unit apartment fire in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The American Red Cross is helping nine adults and one child on Sunday after a multi-unit apartment fire in Orange County. Firefighters said crews responded to an apartment complex in the 4000 block of South Rio Grande at around 2 p.m. for reports of a fire. WATCH: Paddleboarder films close encounter with alligator at Silver Springs State ParkWhen firefighters arrived, visible smoke and flames were seen. #ApartmentFire 4000 Block of S Rio Grande – Crews were dispatched to reports of an apartment fire at 2:00 pm. Visible smoke and flames on arrival.wftv.com
Haiti's troubled history may slow aid to earthquake victims
APTOPIX Haiti Earthquake A woman sleeps outside her home in Saint-Louis-du-Sud, Haiti, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, two days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern part of the country. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix) (Matias Delacroix)Humanitarian aid is flowing into Haiti following Saturday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake there and a death toll that has reached 1,297. Aid to Haiti has been under a microscope since 2015 when an investigation from ProPublica and NPR questioned where $500 millio n raised by the American Red Cross was spent. “Americans donated generously in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake to save lives — which is exactly what their donations did. The deadly earthquake hit Haiti at the same time that potential humanitarian crisis are unfolding in Ethiopia and now Afghanista.wftv.com
Seminole County residents receive free smoke detectors
Seminole County Fire Rescue distributes more than 1000 free smoke detectors Seminole County Fire Department Partners with Lake Mary Fire Department and American Red Cross on Smoke Alarm Home Installations as Part of Federal Grant (WFTV)SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Residents in Lake Mary received free smoke alarms thanks to a community outreach program run by Seminole County. More than 30 community outreach personnel from Seminole County Fire Rescue, Lake Mary Fire Department, and the American Red Cross went door to door handing out free alarms to area residents. Surfside condo collapse live updates: 4 dead, 159 unaccounted for as search continuesThat is because the average smoke alarm lifespan is 10 years. This year alone Seminole County Fire Rescue has distributed and installed more than 1,000 smoke alarms. Seminole County residents can request a free smoke alarm here.wftv.com
‘This is a gut-wrenching scene.’ How to help victims of the Surfside condo collapse
As news of the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers in Surfside spread across the nation, organizations began efforts to support victims who were forced out of their homes in the wee hours of the morning with little to nothing.news.yahoo.com
Immigrant teens to be housed at Dallas convention center
FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, a leaning sign sits in front of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. “There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis.”Texas Gov. The memo sent to Dallas City Council members says the Federal Emergency Management Agency and HHS will “be responsible for providing shelter management and contracts” for food, security, cleaning, and medical care at the convention center. Dallas previously offered space to HHS during the 2014 surge of crossings of immigrant children. HHS also has said it will house immigrant youths in Midland.
How the Red Cross is helping Texans in need
How the Red Cross is helping Texans in need Power has been restored to most of Texas, but now a water crisis is underway. Roughly a quarter of the state's population is under a "boil-water advisory." The rolling power outages caused pipes to burst in homes and shut down water treatment plants. Dan Halyburton, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, joins CBSN to discuss how his organization is providing aid to those affected by this deadly winter weather.cbsnews.com
’I’ve lost absolutely everything:’ Orlando mother works to rebuild after fire destroys home
ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando family is working to rebuild their lives after losing their Sanoma Village home in a fire last week. I’ve lost absolutely everything,” Sharrice Abney said. Abney was at work when she received the devastating call from a friend. Orlando Fire Department crews responding to a fire on Jan. 29, 2021. (Image: Sky 6) (WKMG 2020)Abney’s daughters, 5-year-old Kennedy and 4-year-old London are now living in a hotel room with Abney and her mother, who recently underwent surgery to amputate her leg.
Lake Nona home destroyed in fire, displacing family of 4
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A family of four, including two young boys, are receiving help from their community and the Red Cross after a fire broke out at their home in the Lake Nona area. According to Orange County Fire Rescue, the fire started around 3:01 p.m. Wednesday at the home on Marsh Point Drive. A GoFundMe fundraiser was started for Mike and Teri D’Amelio and their sons to help them recoup some of the items they lost in the blaze. Teri and Mike, with their two boys, are very active within the community, especially with Nona Sports,” fundraiser organizer Mandy McIntyre wrote. All donations will be spent towards their recovery.”Donations have poured in from neighbors, friends and family, totaling more than $12,000 a little less than 24 hours after the fire.
2 dogs die in fire at Orlando apartment complex
ORLANDO, Fla. – Two dogs died Monday afternoon when a unit at Catalina Isle Apartments caught on fire, according to the Orlando Fire Department. The fire was reported at about noon when smoke was spotted coming from the window of a second-floor unit. [TRENDING: Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine | Select Publix locations will offer vaccine | Fla. woman accused of screaming political profanities]During their efforts, they also removed three dogs from the apartment, two of which died from smoke inhalation. “Our volunteers arrived on scene and provided emergency assistance to 5 adults and 11 children (16 total) living in 3 units,” the statement read, in part. One-on-one support to connect people to available recovery assistance as well as mental health services.”The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
‘We have nowhere to go:’ Fire at Pine Hills apartment complex leaves residents homeless
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – More than 30 people are now left trying to figure out where to call home after a fire at the Pine Hills apartment complex on Saturday. A spokesperson with Millennia Companies, the apartment complex management company, said that about 32 people were displaced, including about 22 children. She said now especially, since the fire happened there, she wants to make sure the affected families affected can have a merry Christmas. The Red Cross will also be assisting the affected families with a gift card of $500 to assist with hotel accommodations and other necessities. Saturday’s toy drive is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jernigan Gardens Apartments.
Over 40 displaced after Orlando apartment fire
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando firefighters battled an apartment fire Saturday that displaced more than 40 people. pic.twitter.com/qS6Pxj7Ryy — Orlando Fire Dept (@OrlandoFireDept) December 12, 2020Fire crews said around eight apartment units were impacted and four had smoke damage. Update: 44 residents displaced from Jernigan Gardens apartment fire this morning. pic.twitter.com/Q5oEMgkBuq — Orlando Fire Dept (@OrlandoFireDept) December 12, 2020The Red Cross stepped in to help those affected. “So far, the Red Cross has provided 29 people (and counting) with emergency financial assistance,” Duhane Lindo, Regional Communications Manager with American Red Cross said.
Do you suspect you’ve had COVID-19? Here’s an easy way to get an antibody test and confirm
I’d heard rumblings that you could give blood through the American Red Cross, and they’d test your blood for antibodies. Worth mentioning: The Red Cross says it’s a perfectly safe time to donate, despite COVID-19. How to interpret your resultsMine said: “COVID-19 Test Result: NEGATIVE.” And I blanked for a second, as in, “Negative? Learn more about COVID-19 antibody testing.” (It’s like the Red Cross knows that we’re not all health experts). The Red Cross could use your donation one way or the other.
Coronavirus complicates wildfire evacuations on West Coast
Volunteers wearing disposable masks walked from group to group, taking down their information and asking what they need for the days ahead. Normally, they'd be gathering in school gymnasiums and meeting halls, sleeping on cots and eating at buffet lines, all provided by organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other faith and community groups. When possible, displaced residents are sent to hotels instead of group shelters. In group shelters, staffers are using plastic pipes strung with clear shower curtains to separate evacuees but allow them to see out from their own socially distanced areas. In Oregon, group shelters are set up at churches, colleges and community buildings, while malls, golf courses and other businesses opened parking for evacuees who can stay in recreational vehicles.
Central Florida volunteers head to Texas, Louisiana to help during Hurricane Laura
ORLANDO, Fla. – Kathy Burkett and Sammy Conneen are volunteers with the American Red Cross of Central Florida. On Tuesday, the two got on a plane to Texas to help ahead of Hurricane Laura. The National Hurricane Center expects Hurricane Laura to strengthen into a major hurricane before it reaches landfall between Texas and Louisiana. [LIVE TRACK: Turbocharging Laura could strike US as Category 3 hurricane]Conneen, who's been volunteering for six years, said she's been in Texas for other natural disasters. “I know that if it was us they’d be coming to help us so it’s our turn to help them,” Conneen said.
Douglas weakens, but Hawaii could still see severe impact
A worker puts reinforcements on boarded storefront windows in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu, Saturday, July 25, 2020, as Hurricane Douglas approaches. President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for Hawaii on Saturday because of Douglas, directing federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts. Powerful storms are familiar to many in Hawaii who have spent the past several summers preparing for tropical cyclones. Luke Meyers, the administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, urged people get ready by learning about the hazards where they live. The coronavirus was complicating preparations for the American Red Cross, which operates emergency shelters on behalf of local governments.
Coronavirus restrictions could lead to U.S. blood shortage in two weeks: blood banks group
In addition, we are seeing a significant decrease in people coming to blood centers to donate blood. Blood banks in Washington state experienced a shortage earlier this month that required other blood centers to ship blood from outside the region, and supplies in New York state also dipped. The American Red Cross also raised the alarm about blood shortages, saying it expects the number of cancellations to continue to increase. Coronavirus is not transmissible via transfusion, according to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross said Americans can schedule an appointment to give blood at RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. may see blood shortages as coronavirus cancels office blood drives
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. blood banks are concerned about potential shortages as Americans concerned about catching the new coronavirus avoid donation sites and companies with employees working from home cancel blood drives. Blood has a short shelf life, so its not like we can stockpile it.Most blood centers try to keep an inventory of a three-day supply, according to the AABB. Finson said 60% of Bloodworks Northwests blood is from mobile blood drives, and the push to have people work from home has resulted in many being canceled. He is encouraging individuals and sponsors of blood drives to schedule appointments and keep their commitments, and that blood banks around country can continue to shift supply to where it is needed. In Seattle, Finson said donations picked up over the weekend, but on Tuesday, Bloodworks Northwest was around 140 short of its 1,000 donor-per-day target.feeds.reuters.com
'Terminator: Dark Fate' red carpet premiere canceled due to wildfires
LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Paramount Pictures and Skydance have canceled the red carpet premiere for its new film "Terminator: Dark Fate" due to wildfires impacting Los Angeles. "In light of the ongoing, active fires being battled in the area, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have canceled tonight's Los Angeles premiere of 'Terminator: Dark Fate,'" a statement provided to CNN said. "We will be donating food intended for the after-party to the American Red Cross, which is serving those affected by the fires." On Monday morning, the Getty Fire, located on the west side of the busy 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, affected neighborhoods known for their high-value homes and celebrity residents. "Terminator: Dark Fate" is the latest film in the franchise that began in 1984.
Publix donates $250,000 for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts
Publix announced it is making a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross and United Way for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. "The damage and impact caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has been devastating, and its path continues to affect Publix customers and associates in our coastal areas," said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. The grocery food chain also said it is activating its register campaign to allow customers to make donations during checkout at any Publix store. One hundred percent of donated funds from registers will be given to the American Red Cross. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Report highlights Red Cross aid failures in Haiti
Following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross raised close to 500 million dollars and promised to help rebuild the country's communities. A new report by ProPublica and NPR unearth a number of confidential memos and insider accounts that stand in sharp contrast to the public picture painted by the organization. CBSN spoke to co-author of the report, Justin Elliott.cbsnews.com