Wednesday, June 30, 2010
We arrived at the house; it was completely destroyed. I didn't expect to feel the intense emotions that overcame me. The couple, who have three children, were staring into their home in which nothing inside was recognizable except for a loose hanging chandelier; you could see through the roof. Their two pugs were inside, not able to make it out.
I completely forgot about taking pictures and getting the details to share with the American Red Cross community. My heart ached for this family. Sherry sat down with the home owner to fill out all of the required paperwork. I watched in earnest as Sherry informed him that we were able to help his family with food, clothing, and their necessary medication.
I finally began shooting with my new Flipcam. This is my first attempt at conveying the Red Cross mission through film. Nothing can compare to the despair I saw in the home owner's eyes, I hope this will show you what we do and how we help. When people are most vulnerable and devastated, the Red Cross is there to help.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Darran Zenger works diligently everyday at the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has been a volunteer in the office since February and began as a part-time AmeriCorps volunteer in April, spending his time recruiting volunteers who are interested in becoming First Aid/CPR/AED Instructors and scheduling instructors to teach these classes. With his help the Preparedness, Health and Safety Department makes for a well-oiled machine.
As Darran works at his desk each morning, Archer, a yellow lab stays attentively by his side. Darran lives with a condition called Usher Syndrome, which is characterized as progressive vision loss due to Retinitis pigmentosa and deafness. This has caused Darran to be profoundly deaf and legally blind. Archer, his guide dog, has been with Darran since July 2008 and makes life and traveling much easier.
Everyday poses a different battle for Darran; whether it’s finding and purchasing a phone system so he can effectively communicate with the volunteers he works with or trying arduously to make sure there is a teacher for the life-saving skills classes taught at the Red Cross. But, he takes on these battles with energy and enthusiasm and gets the job done. Not once has Darran said “I can’t do this.” Instead, he says, “I can do more” with the proper resources. That drive alone has fueled many of us at the chapter to find ways to do more.
His greatest challenge; “Showing people that I CAN work; I CAN do the job with reasonable accommodations,” Darran says. Misconceptions about what it means to be deaf-blind have caused some concern for Darran. “Most people who think of someone who is deaf-blind, think of Helen Keller, someone who is totally deaf and totally blind, but there is a wide degree of deaf-blindness,” he says.
Darran has done nothing but overcome these challenges and the struggles he has faced practically all his life, due to his condition. He graduated from high school in Oregon where he spent his childhood. He moved to Utah ten years ago and received a degree in Psychology from Utah State in 2004. Married for 12 years, Darran has three kids, a son who is eleven and two daughters, nine and three.
He loves volunteering at the Red Cross, “The co-workers are awesome and I thoroughly enjoy working with everyone.” Darran brings tremendous energy to the office and is an inspiring member of the Red Cross and AmeriCorps team; plus he’s giving us all sign language lessons for free!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Hopefully all of our faithful blog readers (all two of you, hi mom!) are certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED. If not sign up for a class today!
And for those of you who are trained, check out the Red Cross store and get yourself a breathing barrier and other CPR necessities.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
How will you make your mark on the world?!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Summer is a great time to vacation and is usually filled with fun activties for familes, kids and adults. But it also means an increased risk for injuries and other emergencies.
With our new course schedule now online, you can sign up for a number of classes to keep you safe this summer. Our classes include First Aid/CPR/AED training, Wilderness and Remote First Aid, Cat and Dog First Aid, Babysitter's Training, Scout First Aid Merit Badge, and Disaster Services Training.
Our website also includes links to helpful information about staying safe before, during, and after a multitude of emergencies, including how to deal with a Heat Wave, Swimming Safety, Floods, Fires, Earthquakes, and many more.
So take the first step in becoming a Prepared citizen by taking a class and learning life saving skills that just might come in handy during these summer months.
And check out this great article from the Standard Examiner in Ogden about summer safety.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Red Cross Is Called Upon to
Provide Water and Food for approximately 100 Firefighters in Liberty Park
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Saturday, June 12, 2010)— The American Red Cross is setting up to provide food and water for firefighters and first responders on the scene in Liberty Park at this hour. Red Cross Disaster Action Teams are on standby to provide any additional services as they may arise. More details coming soon.
The Utah Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than two incidents each week, some of them render multiple families homeless. Nationwide, the American Red Cross’s local chapters help victims of major and minor disasters by offering immediate comfort, which may include food, a warm place to stay, clothing and other life necessities. Volunteers give comfort kits to victims of fire, flood or other disasters. The kits include helpful items like toothbrushes, toothpaste and a toy for children.
If you’d like to help, financial donations are always accepted to help victims of this fire and other disasters in your community. For more information about donating to the Chapter Emergency Services please go to www.utahredcross.org or call 801.323.7000.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The Red Cross is offering assistance with immediate essential needs like shelter and food for any families that become displaced due to the flooding in Oakley or elsewhere.
The Red Cross is also delivering canteen services, bringing water and snacks to the workers and volunteers in Oakley who are sandbagging this afternoon.
The Red Cross shelter teams and disaster action teams are on stand by to address any upcoming needs for those who may become displaced or evacuated and need Red Cross assistance if needed.
Anyone in need of Red Cross help due to the flooding can request help at 801-323-7000 (24/7) or talk to the Red Cross disaster action team members on scene.
The American Red Cross is responding today to help two families (four individuals) in Oakley due to flooding.
The Red Cross is also responding to a house fire in Fort Duchesne affecting one individual. The Red Cross is helping this individual with shelter, food and emergency prescription refills.
More details coming soon.
Monday, June 7, 2010
The American Red Cross local Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter is ready to help due to flooding tonight if needed.
Red Cross shelter teams and disaster action teams are on stand by to respond if called upon. The Red Cross has a representative participating at the Salt Lake County Emergency Operations Center tonight.
Teams were also on standby last night from 5pm to 1:00 am.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Have you been dying for a good excuse to purchase the new book by Twilight series author Stephanie Meyer? Well today's your lucky day.
Stephanie's new book titled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, about Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire and the history of the newborns, goes on sale tomorrow. Stephanie has decided to donate $1 for every book that is sold, to the American Red Cross.
So all you Twi-hards out there, (yes we call ourselves that!) pick up your copy when they go on sale tomorrow and feel good about supporting the Red Cross.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Do you have everything you need to effectively perform CPR and use the AED machine? If not, check out the Red Cross Store.
Also, read this awesome article in the Deseret News about National CPR/AED Awareness Week!
Sign up for a class today either to certify or as a refresher course, and learn the skills that could help you save someone's life!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
In the meantime...Are You Red Cross Ready???