It’s September. Time for my annual preparedness check.

This story is part of a series for National Preparedness Month. Stay tuned for more stories, preparedness tips and tools all month long as we help you be ready for disasters large and small. Head to preparesocal.org to take our "I'm Ready" quiz to test your preparedness. By Mike Tierney, Red Cross LA volunteer  Prior to our move to Southern California six years ago, we had never heard the phrase “emergency preparedness,” much less...

Mission Moment: Don’t forget pet preparedness

This story is part of a series for National Preparedness Month. Stay tuned for more stories, preparedness tips and tools all month long as we help you be ready for disasters large and small. Head to preparesocal.org to take our "I'm Ready" quiz to test your preparedness. By Mimi Teller, Red Cross LA volunteer The night the Lake Fire broke out, I responded to the Red Cross temporary evacuation point as a public information officer and...

Unprecedented sums up 2020

Message from Trevor Riggen,Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services Earlier this week, I heard a news reporter comment that the word “unprecedented” had become the most utilized words of 2020. From the global COVID-19 pandemic to the historic level of disaster activity facing so many of our communities, 2020 is indeed unprecedented.  However, what has come without precedent is the unbelievable effort and commitment to maintain our...

A summer far from a bummer

By Taylor Eng, Red Cross LA intern  Prior to joining the American Red Cross as a summer intern, I genuinely believed the organization’s main goal was to collect blood. During my internship, I learned it is so much more. I always wondered how the Red Cross could aid the evacuees in the blink of an eye and recruit so many wonderful volunteers to make that work possible. As a summer intern, I got the opportunity to learn from...

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