Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween from the GSLAC Gremlins!

Happy Halloween from the Gremlins at the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter. We had a great time dressing up for the holiday. Check out our photos from today!

And don't forget to be safe and prepared this Holiday weekend with our Lucky 13 preparedness tips.

And check out our Halloween Reminder Video. Put together your own 72-hour kit, or update your current one.  Happy Haunting my friends!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Getting in the Halloween Spirit!

 Our friends at the Portland Red Cross asked, "What does your desk say about you?" Well to get into the Halloween Spirit we here at the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter have issued a desk decorating contest. While I just have this Dilbert-esque cubicle, I still decided to go all out. So I hit up my mom's "leftover" Halloween decorations and went to Smith's for some last minute essentials, like the sweet spiderweb I attached to my shelf.

Above is the final product...spooky, I know! So as you begin or continue, your Halloween preparations, don't forget to follow these Lucky 13 safety tips! Whether you're out there trick or treating, or simply decorating your office space, have fun and Be Safe.

Oh and don't forget to leave room, like I did, (see photo below) so you can still Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

So what's the deal with these new CPR guidelines anyway?

As I'm sure some of you have heard, the American Heart Association released new CPR guidelines which includes information on compression only CPR. The experts at the American Red Cross are reviewing these guidelines before making an official stance regarding the updates.

This should remind all of us to get trained. You never know when an emergency might happen and if you know the skills, you have the opportunity to save lives; just like the lifeguard at Seven Peaks and my uncle!

So wait to hear what the Red Cross has to say about these guidelines and in the meantime, get trained, and be informed!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Utah Senator Bob Bennett spent part of a September day signing cards for soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is led by the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc., providing Americans with the opportunity to extend holiday greetings, expressions of gratitude and well wishes to service members, veterans and their families worldwide. Now in its fourth year, more than three million cards have been distributed during the first three years of the campaign.

Any member of the general public can be part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program and send greeting cards from now until December 10 to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. The cards will be distributed to members of the United States Armed Forces and veterans during the 2010 holiday season.

Holiday Mail for Heroes began in December 2007, when Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. approached the American Red Cross to assist in distributing thousands of holiday cards to hospitalized servicemen and women. In response to this request, the Red Cross partnered with Pitney Bowes to turn the project into a larger opportunity that could reach members of the military at other medical facilities in this country and abroad.

The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are encouraging families, schools, youth, civic groups, scouting troops, places of worship, and other groups that are interested in participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program to organize and host card-making events. For a list of tips and ideas, please visit:  

Check out Video of Senator Bennett signing cards with the Red Cross

Monday, October 11, 2010

Emergency Supplies

Do you have everything you need in case of an emergency? This guy seems to have the correct supplies. But is he missing anything?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Share Your Impact

What's your Impact? This Sunday is 10-10-10. While many people will probably be marking this day by getting married, the Red Cross has a different idea about how to celebrate the occasion. Check out the One Day on Earth website to find out how you can share your Red Cross story with the world. Below are the guidelines for defining and sharing your impact. Let the creativity commence!


1. Identify a word or two that is a description of how you define your impact within the Red Cross. For example: Blood, Support, Relief, etc. Be creative!

2. Write your impact word on a sign that you can hold while being filmed.

3. Find a unique location that you have impacted and tell us your name and Impact word on video while holding the sign towards camera.

4. Increase your impact by taking things further. Use the day to document, with video, how you support the Red Cross: giving blood, volunteering, working on the front lines. Show us your daily impact with the Red Cross, so that we can showcase it to the world.

5. When you upload your video please be sure to tag it to the "American Red Cross".

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CPR Saves Lives!

Why is CPR so important you may ask? Well for starters it could save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Take Kathy Ryan for example. Kathy is a runner who collapsed during Oregon state’s most famous relay race, Hood to Coast. Below is a clip from an upcoming documentary that shows how CPR saved Kathy's life.

Hood To Coast Movie - American Red Cross CPR from HoodToCoastMovie on Vimeo.
The documentary Hood To Coast is proud to partner with the American Red Cross.

To take a CPR class check out our website or call 801-323-7038

Monday, October 4, 2010

Become a Certified Red Cross Babysitter

Are you in the immediate family of a Service Member? If so the American Red Cross of Utah has a great scholarship opportunity for you!

Every month the Red Cross offers a Babysitting Bootcamp in which youth ages 11-13 receive Red Cross certifications in Babysitter’s Training, Infant/Child CPR, First Aid and Dog and Cat First Aid. The course takes place over three days with lunch and snacks provided. Participants will receive a Babysitting Boot Camp T-shirt, a Babysitting Essentials Toolkit, and a Babysitter’s Training Handbook complete with an Emergency Reference Guide and CD-Rom.

Half price scholarships are available for those youth in the immediate family of a Service Member. The next Babysitting Bootcamp is December 27-29. Call Heather McKinnon at (801) 323-7010 for more information.
**Additional scholarships are available.