Thursday, March 22, 2012

March is Red Cross Month Facts and Safety Tips to Share

Red Cross Month is a time to remind everyone of the American Red Cross’ work in communities across the country and around the globe and how the organization depends on public support to help people in need. March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since then, every other president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. 

 Does your family have an emergency plan and preparedness kit? 

The mission of the American Red Cross is to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Nationally, the American Red Cross educates more than 4 million people each year on how to prevent and prepare for disasters.  Make sure your family is Red Cross Ready by using this checklist:

 Do you know how to talk to your children about disasters?

Last week, you created your family emergency kit and made a plan, but how do you make sure your kids understand?  Follow these guidelines to introduce preparedness to children of all ages:

3.    Do you do more for your family than cross your fingers? 

From lifesaving CPR to making sports safety your goal for young athletes, this Family Health and Safety Guide will help you prepare your family now for peace of mind later.

4.    Does your babysitter have Red Cross training? 

More than 9 million people across the United States receive American Red Cross training in first aid, water safety, and other skills every year.  Red Cross Babysitter’s Training gives youth ages 11 to 15 years old the knowledge and confidence to care for infants and school-age children, including responding to emergencies and illnesses with first aid, rescue breathing, and other appropriate care, making decisions under pressure, and communicating with parents to learn household rules.

5.    Do you know what else the American Red Cross does? 

Along with helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, the American Red Cross mission includes a number of other services. Through a worldwide network, the American Red Cross provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans, and their families – in war zones, military hospitals, and on military installations around the world. Also, each year, the Red Cross collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. 

Find out more about all Red Cross services at, like, and follow @redcross.  

Here is a great post on Car Seat Safety from A Life in Balance go learn the new laws or just get a refresher on the laws.
For more information here two other posts as well:
How to talk to your kids about Disasters by My Scraps.
A great read for those who use or looking for Babysitters by A Life in Balance.


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