American Red Cross helping your community


By Marc Cantrell - Guest columnist



The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Red Cross is a primarily run by volunteers. In fact, 97 percent of the Red Cross staff are volunteers. In order to become a volunteer, all applicants must fill out an application and undergo a background check. We Need you!

Youth Preparedness Initiative

The Pillowcase Project, is a free Red Cross youth preparedness program (third- to fifth-graders) designed to increase children’s awareness and understanding of natural hazards and reduce their fears. Participants learn safety and emotional coping skills, along with personal emergency preparedness skills. Information on The Pillowcase Project is available at www.redcross.org/prepare.

Red Cross Assistance before a Fire

The Red Cross has been working to reduce home fire deaths and injuries through its Home Fire Campaign. Through the campaign, Red Cross volunteers and community partners go door-to-door in to install smoke alarms and educate families about home fire safety. So far, the campaign has reached more than 1.7 million people and saved at least 486 lives across the country.

Red Cross Assistance after a Fire

The Red Cross responds to over 80,000 disasters each year. Over 90 percent of these disasters are single-family fires. If you had a house fire, the Red Cross can be contacted by your local fire department or the client that is needing assistance to call 855-855-7727. The Red Cross will come and assess your immediate needs.

Red Cross Assistance During or After a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters require different forms of assistance than single-family fires. American Red Cross mission is to help people after a disaster by providing immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and shelter.

The nearly 1,300 Red Cross chapters across the country are prepared to respond with services to help alleviate suffering.

The Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross is a member of the Shelby County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The main emphasis of the LEPC is related to emergency preparedness and response, however, the committee is also involved in other relevant issues of emergency preparation. For more information on the Shelby County LEPC visit http://co.shelby.oh.us/emergency-management-agency/4480-2/

American Red Cross serving Champaign, Clark Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties:

Troy office, 1314 Barnhart Road, Troy, OH 45373; phone: 937-332-1414

Springfield office, 1830 North Limestone St., Springfield, OH 45503; phone: 937-399-3872

Greenville office, 130 Martz St., Suite 6, Greenville, OH 45331; phone: 937-548-1002

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By Marc Cantrell

Guest columnist

Cantrell is a disaster program specialist for territory 1 of the northern Miami Valley Ohio chapter that serves Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties.

Cantrell is a disaster program specialist for territory 1 of the northern Miami Valley Ohio chapter that serves Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties.