Monday, October 25, 2010

Mourning the Loss of Larry Decker

Via: Jaici Murcia October 25, 2010 It is with deep sadness that we inform you today that one of our own, Larry Decker, passed away on Friday, October 22nd as a result of a heart attack. Larry was our Program Coordinator in Health & Safety and was a loyal employee of our organization for 29 years, a friend to many, a husband, father, grandfather and valuable member of our Red Cross family. He will be greatly missed. We are unsure of the memorial arrangements at this time but we will communicate those to you per the family's request.

Please keep his family and others that were close to him in your thoughts and prayers as we grieve our loss.

Friday, September 10, 2010

DAY 10: 30 tips for 30 days "Be Healthy and fit!" National Preparedness Month 2010

It is easier to handle stress in emergency situations if you have been living a healthy lifestyle. Exercise,drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

DAY 9: 30 tips for 30 days "Get your Flu shots!" National Preparedness Month 2010

It is best to get your flu shot every year for the best protection from getting the flu! Go get yours now!

DAY 8: 30 tips for 30 days "Know how you will escape!" National Preparedness Month 2010

Identify two ways to escape from every room of your home.
Every member of your family should know what the family's plan is to evacuate their home safely in the event of an emergency!
Children do fire/tornado/earthquake drills at school! They want to learn!

DAY 7: 30 tips for 30 days "We need Volunteers!" National Preparedness Month 2010

The Red Cross needs people with all kinds of different backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Visit the Chapter website for more information on how YOU can help!
Single Family House fire NE Springs: Sept 7, 2010

DAY 6: 30 tips for 30 days "Prepare your Pets!" National Preparedness Month 2010

If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too.

DAY 5: 30 tips for 30 days "What is in your Kit" National Preparedness Month 2010

What is in your kit? Are you ready to go at a moment's notice?

DAY 4: 30 tips for 30 days FIRST AID KITS! National Preparedness Month 2010

You should keep a first aid kit at home and in your car.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Emergency Preparedness night at the SKY SOX! September 3, 2010

Sky Sox Twilight Blood Drive

Come support the Community Emergency Preparedness friday night with the Sky Sox at Security Service Field! Fireworks sponsored by the Community Emergency Management Office! Summer is almost over!

DAY 3: 30 tips for 30 days "Will your business Re-open" National Preparedness Month 2010

As many as 40% of small businesses don’t reopen after a disaster. Do you have a plan?
Prepare your business for the unthinkable. Here are tips on how to prepare your venture in the case of disaster!

DAY 2: 30 tips for 30 days "Disasters take a Toll" National Preparedness Month 2010

Disasters take a financial toll. Do you have a plan?

Recovery can take a toll on your finances. Be prepared with these tips!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

DAY 1: 30 tips for 30 days "What to do when seperated" National Preparedness Month 2010

Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency PDF CHECKLIST

When there is an emergency, have a plan for where your family will meet so that everyone knows where to go.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Troops in Afghanistan Receive Free Calling Cards

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 — When you're thousands of miles from home, the voice of a loved one can lift your spirits like nothing else. Thanks to the American Red Cross, it will be easier for some troops in Afghanistan to make that connection.

The Collier County (Fla.) Chapter of the Red Cross sent a total of $7,500 in phone cards to Camp Mike Spann, located in the north of Afghanistan. The 500-minute cards are being distributed to service members stationed at remote Forward Operating Bases throughout the northern provinces of the country.

"The American Red Cross is doing its part in breaking the communication barrier for deployed troops," said Army Sgt. Maj. James Allen. "It provides prepaid phone cards to our fighting forces so that contacting loved ones, or taking care of business back home, becomes much easier. It alleviates a lot of stress that soldiers build up from knowing that they aren't able to contact key people in their lives."

In this case, the charitable gesture reached the Balk Province, where U.S. Army 1st Lt. Kelvin Carter is preparing to return home after serving a nine-month tour as a medical mentor to the ANA 209th Corps.

"I'm not exactly sure who will read this," said Carter, "but just know that we are appreciative of everything given to us. It's good to know that someone is thinking about us and our families and with the card, it's one less thing we have to worry about."

The donated calling cards can be used with personal cellular phones, thereby alleviating the need for service members to wait up to 30 minutes to use one of 10 public phones shared among nearly 2,000 troops at Camp Spann. Though troops with mobile phones can make stateside calls, the service can prove to be a costly option, one that many service members can't afford to choose often. Furthermore, some troops at remote FOBs do not have access to any public phones, limiting their choices.

With the majority of troops serving 12-month deployments, Carter acknowledges the positive impact that even the smallest gesture of kindness can make on his troops' morale.

"It's something about a package in the mail or a letter that will totally change a soldier's mood," Carter said. "To be honest, hearing someone say 'thanks for your service' has become as common as God Bless America," Carter said. "Not that it's bad, it just means so much more when someone actually takes the extra step to show that they support you."

Sandra Arnold, director of the Regional Command-North Public Affairs Advisory Team, contributed reporting for this story.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Volunteers Get Dirty for the Chapter Cot Cleanup

Colorado Springs,July 24, 2010
Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross volunteers got down and dirty and cleaned cots in preperation for disaster sheltering. The local Red Cross Chapter stresses preperation in addition to responding and education when it comes to local, national and international disasters.
Donations from the community make it possible so volunteers can respond with food, shelter and comfort in the event of local disaster events.

You can also get great tips on what to do to be prepared in the case of a disaster at the national chapter website: American Red Cross

Visit our Flickr Page for more pictures!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Babysitter's Boot Camp: July 28-29, 2010

Link for our chapter Babysitters Boot Camp INFO
Be the Best Babysitter on the Block!
An expanded version of our Babysitter’s Training
course, the Babysitter Boot Camp is a 2-day
event designed to provide you with the
knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to be
the best babysitter on the block!
Through hands-on activities and lively
discussions, this training camp will teach you
how to care for infants and children, make good
decisions and solve problems, respond to
emergencies, be a good leader and role model,
interview for jobs, and much more!
Each student received a:
· Babysitter Certification w/Books & CD-ROM
· First Aid Certification w/Book
· Infant & Child CPR Certification w/Book
· Dog FA/CPR Certification w/Book & DVD
· Babysitter First Aid Kit
· Babysitter T-Shirt

Saturday, July 24, 2010

DAT volunteers respond to aid early morning house fire residents: July 24, 2010

Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross
July 24, 2010(Colorado Springs) by PPARC DPAT volunteer Donna Martinez
A early morning single family house fire, displaces four residents on July 24, 2010. Your local chapter of the American Red Cross responded with two volunteers to assist the residents with their immediate needs.
This is made possible by generous donations from the community.

One of two cats was retrieved from the residence safely after the fire was out.

More images from this fire are available to view here:

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Friday, July 16, 2010

Holiday Mail for Heros!

When you are searching for something productive to do during the hot week coming up....and need to keep all those kiddos busy, why not start on your christmas cards!

Holiday Mail for Heros

You won't have to worry about it later when time is limited! Get in the spirit!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Third Annual National Pet Fire Safety Day

Thursday, July 15, 2010 — Home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to and also the most preventable. According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires. Today marks the third annual National Pet Fire Safety Day, and there are several ways to help your pet stay safe.

Photo of "Buster" courtesy of Mary Klapmust
The best way for to protect pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too.

Take Your Pets to a Safe Place:

Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. Service animals which assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of an evacuation, so plan ahead. Do not wait until disaster strikes!
Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check their policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species. Ask if "no pet" policies could be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including phone numbers, with your other disaster information and supplies. If you are alerted to an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations.
Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animals. If you have more than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together, but be prepared to house them separately.
Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.
Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets during a disaster. Animal shelters may be overwhelmed caring for the animals they already have as well as those displaced by a disaster, so this should be your last resort.

Be Red Cross Ready Safety Series Vol. 2: Dog First Aid
Assemble a Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit:
Shop the Redcross Store for all your pet first aid manualsWhether you are away from home for a day or a week, you'll need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (a duffle bag or covered trash containers, for example). Your pet disaster supplies kit should include:
Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit.
Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can't escape.
Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.
Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
Pet bed or toys if easily transportable.
The ASPCA recommends using a rescue sticker alert to let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian's phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write "EVACUATED" across the stickers.

Prevent Your Pet from Starting Fires:

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.

The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips.
Extinguish open flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
Remove stove knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
Secure young pets; keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.
Visit for additional fire prevention and pet safety guidance.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Puppy Paramedic

Would you know how to save a life? This puppy does!

Link to site

Saturday, July 3, 2010

PPARC helps family at house fire at 127 W Mills Street

Your dedicated PPARC DAT (Disaster Action Team) volunteers responded to assist the family at 127 W Mills Street when their attic caught on fire late July 2, 2010.
The volunteers help comfort and support the family with their immediate disaster related needs at the time of a fire crisis.
Would you like to volunteer? The American Red Cross Chapters are only able to do what they do because of volunteers and by the generous donations by the community and public! To learn more...visit our website Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross to get more information on donating your time to help others in our Colorado Springs community.

Enjoy your Fourth of July Weekend Safely

Get your disaster supplies kit from the Red Cross store

Reposted from NEWS
Thursday, July 01, 2010 — Many of us will enjoy a three-day weekend this year with Independence Day falling on a Sunday. As you plan your Fourth of July, you might be thinking of travel, fireworks or a yummy barbecue. The American Red Cross would like everyone to enjoy a safe summer holiday, and offers some tips to help you and your loved ones have a great weekend.

Get your disaster supplies kit from the Red Cross store.Travel Tips
With more people on the roads during the holiday, it’s more important than ever to drive safely—which means being well rested and alert, buckling up, observing speed limits and following the rules of the road. If you plan on drinking, designate a driver who won’t drink.

In addition:

Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination. Travel and weather Web sites can help you avoid storms and other regional challenges that could impact your safety.
Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
Find out what disasters may occur where you are traveling, especially if they are disasters you have never experienced. Find out how you would get information in the event of a disaster (local radio systems, emergency alert systems).
If you are traveling with your pet, has special advice to make your trip more enjoyable.

Even if you consider yourself a lean, mean, grilling machine, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it safely.
First, always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Nobody likes a burned burger (or a burned anything else).

Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited. And keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire. That means you should not be grilling in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

While you’re mastering the art of the perfectly-cooked steak, make sure everyone else, including the pets, stays away from the grill. Finally, keep yourself safe by using the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

Spectacular fireworks are often a highlight of the Fourth. You can enjoy the show safely by following a few tips:

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a “dud."
Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
In addition, stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays, and leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

The American Red Cross wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. For more safety and preparedness tips, visit

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Twilight Blood Drive Nite with the Sky Sox!

Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross

The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross partnered with Penrose St. Francis/Centura Health Blood mobile and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for a night of blood donation at the "Twilight Blood Drive" at Security Service Field, home of our Colorado Rockies minor league baseball team Sky Sox.

"Sox the Fox" poses with blood Donor Troylena Hernandez in the Blood Mobile prior to the June 28, 2010 Sky Sox game vs. Portland Beavers.
Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross

Colorado Springs Sky Sox fans were given the opportunity to give blood during the "Twilight Blood Donation" promotion at Security Service Field.

The Red Cross does not duplicate services so as to maximize the use of community resources in the areas we serve and therefore the local Pikes Peak Chapter does not provide Biomedical Services (i.e. blood, tissue, organ donation) or do any chapters in the state of Colorado as there are already numerous organizations that specialize in this field. However, we do fully support the efforts to provide a way for individuals to help save lives through blood donation by partnering with local blood collection agencies and providing volunteers to staff donation drives, snacks for donors where possible, and assist in getting the word out about upcoming blood drives.

Fans were given free tickets to enjoy the game for donating to the blood bank.
Weather was fantastic and we had a great turn out!


Friday, June 25, 2010

The Heat is on! Red Cross Safety Tips!

Full Article posted from REDCROSS.ORG

The Heat Is On!
Thursday, June 24, 2010 — Summer has arrived and unleashed extremely hot and humid weather across the mid-Atlantic and southern portions of the country. Heat advisories are in effect as temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or higher, with little relief in sight. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe during the heat wave.

Be Red Cross Ready - Heat Wave Safety Checklist [PDF]“The blistering heat can be dangerous. It can cause heat cramps, exhaustion, or heat stroke,” said Sharon Stanley, chief nurse of the American Red Cross. “It’s very important to be aware of the danger and take measures to stay safe during this hot weather.”

What to do during the heat wave:

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
Eat small meals and eat more often.
Avoid extreme temperature changes.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Ensure your animals have water and a shady place to rest.
Have a plan for wherever you spend time— home, work and school—and prepare for the possibility of power outages.
Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
If you don’t have air conditioning, choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the hottest part of the day – schools, libraries, theaters, malls.
Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.
How to help someone having trouble with the heat:

The extreme heat can cause physical difficulties which, in some instances, can be life-threatening. Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms in the legs or abdomen caused by exposure to high heat and humidity and loss of fluids and electrolytes. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat. To help someone with heat cramps:

Get them to a cooler place and have them rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle and replenish fluids.
Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. Do not give liquids with alcohol or caffeine in them, as they can make conditions worse.
Heat exhaustion involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous exercise or physical labor in high heat and humidity. Signs include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness and exhaustion. If someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, you should:

Move them to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition.
If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself. Signs of heat stroke include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.

Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by giving care as you would for heat exhaustion. If needed, continue rapid cooling by applying ice or cold packs wrapped in a cloth to the wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits.
You can find more information on what to do during a heat wave in the Preparedness section of

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Local Red Cross Employee to Deploy to Afghanistan on Sunday

Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross

Local Red Cross Employee to Deploy to Afghanistan on Sunday
By Jennifer Mariano, Director, Community Relations and Support for PPARC
(June 23, 2010, Colorado Springs) Susanne Harlandt, Station Manager at the Fort Carson American Red Cross is leaving Sunday for Afghanistan, her second deployment into a combat zone for the American Red Cross. Susanne spent 5 months in Iraq in 2007. Her primary function in Iraq and again in Afghanistan is delivery of emergency messages from Service Member's families who are stateside.
(Photo Courtesy of Susanne Harlandt)
One of the Red Cross' most important responsibilities is to make sure service members and their families stay in touch with each other; especially during a crisis. In the early days of the Red Cross, volunteers would help wounded soldiers write letters home. Today, in the age of cell phones and email, the Red Cross Emergency Communication Network is vital to service members, their families and commanders in the field. Military commanders know in times of family crisis, they can rely on the Red Cross to verify and quickly relay important and confidential information to military personnel. Susanne tears up when she recalls some of the difficult messages that she has had to deliver to service members during her 5 month deployment to Iraq, "Thankfully not all messages are bad," Susanne says, "I have had the privilege of congratulating daddies on the birth of their new son or daughter. What a joy to share such news and celebrate the birth of a new family member."
When she is not delivering emergency messages, Susanne will work to help keep morale up by providing a place where military personnel can see a friendly face or take some time to relax. Susanne hangs out with service members who come to the common area staffed by the Red Cross. Service Members can get a "good cup of coffee" , snacks, read, put puzzles together, and simply relax and focus on something other than work. The Red Cross is able to provide these items to service members through care packages that are sent to Afghanistan. If you are interested in sending a care package to Susanne, please see the information below.
Care packages can be mailed to Susanne at the following address:
American Red Cross
Attn: Susanne Harlandt
Bagram, AFB
APO, AE 09354

The following are items are highly requested items from our service members:
candy (no chocolate as it will melt), gum, popcorn, beef jerky, crackers, pretzels, coffee (Starbucks VIA is a favorite), books, magazines, and puzzles

Local News Coverage Links/Videos:
PPARC Flickr Photostream

KKTV: w/video



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Status Report: Parkdale Canyon Wildfire Canon City ARC Shelter

Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross

As of 0715 this morning, Fremont County Emergency Manager, Steve Morrisey, indicated there is no immediate need for sheltering. PPARC-Fremont County Branch shelter at Free Evangelical Church, 3000 E Main, Canon City, opened at 1700 last night for Parkdale Canyon evacuees, has been closed. The PPARC-Fremont County Volunteers are standing by and ready in case the situation changes. Weather today is predicted to be hot and windy.

Information will be posted when available.
Special thanks to our awesome American Red Cross volunteers in Fremont County for stepping up and helping their community.

Monday, June 21, 2010

PPARC Assists families of Mobile home fires on Piute Road, June 20, 2010

Your Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross DAT (Disaster Action Team) volunteers responded to assist families affected by the mobile home fires on Piute Road, Colorado Springs, on Father's Day afternoon, June 20, 2010.
Families received assistance to help with such things as: lodging, food and clothing. Families also received comfort kits and teddy bears.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Join us Monday, June 28th for Sky Sox Baseball

Join us Monday, June 28, 2010 for Sky Sox Baseball
Give blood get free tix to the game!!!!
Join us as we partner with Sky Sox Baseball and Penrose St. Francis Blood Mobile for food, fun, baseball, and blood collection!
Game time: 7:05 pm
Play ball!

Support the Red Cross and Shop at Bead Gallery on Saturday, June 19th!

Support the Red Cross and Shop at Bead Gallery on Saturday, June 19th!
Beads are their Business! They have over 2,000 beads and charms from all over the world to choose from. Sit, relax, and work on your projects right in the store with the help of their talented staff.
10% of bead sales and 50% of Webkinz® sales will benefit the Pikes Peak Chapter American Red Cross.
Located at 1424 Kelly Johnson Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Hours 10 am - 6 pm

Are you prepared for a Tornado? What you should know

April funnel on the outskirts of Colorado Springs.(Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross)
Tornados have been pretty active this year. One of our missions of the American Red Cross is to educate and stress preparedness. It never hurts to refresh yourself on what to do to prepare incase the instance arises and you find your self in the path of ugly weather.
The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross looks after 18 counties in the southeastern corner of Colorado, which is no stranger to such occurances.

Tornado Factsheet from the ARC

Why talk about tornadoes?
Tornadoes have been reported in every state. They generally occur during spring and summer,
although they can happen in every season. Tornadoes can strike at any time of the day or night
but are most likely between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. No areas are immune to tornadoes; they
have been reported in mountains and valleys, over deserts and swamps, from the Gulf Coast
into Canada, in Hawaii, and even in Alaska. Regardless of the location or time of year, if
conditions are right, a tornado can develop. More than 1,000 tornadoes are reported annually
nationwide, and as our tornado detection systems improve, fewer tornadoes go undetected.
Even so, tornadoes sometimes develop in areas in which no tornado watch or warning has been

Take the time to do a little refresher and make a family disaster plan for your family.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PPARC Supports the150th Anniversary Colorado National Guard Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado June 12, 2010.

Your Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross volunteers supported the 150th Anniversary Colorado National Guard Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado June 12, 2010.
Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross
(Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross)
Volunteers provided water, SAF (Services to the Armed Forces) First Aid Kits and snacks for the 400-500 family members and Colorado National Guard reservists during the live fire exercise on Fort Carson.
There was a F16 flyover and simulations of taking over a building by the Colorado Army National Guard: ODA 9552, 5th Battalion,19th Special Forces Group.
3-157th rocket launcher Colorado National Guard
(Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross)

View our FLICKR for all the photos from this event!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

American Red Cross: Photo of the Day

NOAA ARC Mass Casualty Exercise: Pikes Peak Chapter Volunteers
Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross (ERV) Emergency Response Vehicle.
Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross

Early morning loading for a mass casualty exercise of NOAA ARC.
Volunteers arrived early to load up and head out.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Is the Red Cross involved in Gulf oil spill response?

Full Story Here American Red Cross Colorado Chapters - News - News
American Red Cross Newswire June 4, 2010
May 3, 2010
The ongoing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is causing widespread concern about the potential impact for the region’s economy, wildlife, homes and shore line. As a result, many states and communities are beginning to mobilize volunteer and government resources. The American Red Cross is working with federal, state and local government partners on ways in which we can support the needs of affected communities. Right now, the Red Cross is planning for that support role, should our government partners request help. In this situation, Red Cross activities are expected to look similar to what the public has come to expect during any disaster, with our focus on sheltering people evacuated from their homes and supporting responders with food, first aid, and mental health. The Red Cross understands that certain communities may have unique needs or requests for help, and that will figure into our planning efforts as this situation continues to evolve.
At this time, there has been no request for Red Cross assistance from our local government partners or agencies.

American Red Cross Colorado Chapters News: CO Flooding

American Red Cross Colorado Chapters - News - News

Colorado Chapters Newswire

Historic Flooding in Ft. Collins
June 7, 2010
Local Chapters are Ready to Respond - Are You Red Cross Ready?
Denver, CO – With numerous rivers running high and more than half a dozen flood advisories and warnings issued throughout the state recently, the American Red Cross Colorado Chapters are ready to respond in the event of flood-related evacuations and are offering flood preparedness advice to the public.
The Red Cross Mile High Chapter briefly opened a shelter in Fraser on June 6 in response to a non-mandatory evacuation order for a Winter Park condominium complex.
(Click here to see the full story)

See our PPARC Volunteers in Action

We have started our PPARC Flickr Page Photostream. Come take a look at images of the PPARC volunteers and staff in action.

NOAA ARC Mass Casualty Exercise: Pikes Peak Chapter Volunteers
(Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross)

The Mission of the American Red Cross

About the Red Cross
(from the American Red Cross website)

Mission Statement
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples.

It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

Voluntary Service
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A special thank you to News First 5!

I am proud to announce our blog is now listed on the News First 5 website under BLOGS.

We thank KOAA and News First 5 for letting us be listed.

Helping our Community: Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross repsonds to Colorado Springs Single Family House Fire

NOAA ARC Mass Casualty Exercise: PIkes Peak Chapter Volunteers
Photo Credit: Donna Martinez/American Red Cross Volunteer

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO: Your Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross (DAT) disater team volunteers responded to comfort a family affected by home fire at 110 S. 17th Street in Colorado Springs on Saturday, June 5, 2010.
The resident was provided comfort and aid for clothing and food.

PIKES PEAK CHAPTER of the AMERICAN RED CROSS: Limon 20 years later

Story and Photos by Pikes Peak Chapter Public Affairs Volunteer Donna Martinez
(June 6, 2010) Limon, Colorado: The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross was honored to be invited to attend the 20th Anniversary Memorial Celebration held at the Historical Limon train depot on Sunday. The town leadership and Historical Society reflected on the last 20 years of rebuilding and renewal and showed appreciation to the many people and organizations that supported them during the disaster.
Many residents reflected on how the Colorado Chapter volunteers helped them during this difficult time by providing comfort, food, shelter and cleaning supplies.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Twilight Fan?

Twilight Fan?
Posted on June 4th, 2010 by Wendy Harman

Little, Brown and Company publishing will donate $1 of each book sold from the first print of the high profile vampire novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

“I have been moved by the generous outpouring of support for the recent crises in Haiti and Chile,” said Meyer. “I am glad that sales of this book will support the American Red Cross with their amazing efforts abroad.”

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the world she inhabits. The novella chronicles the newborn vampire army’s journey as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

You can buy the book starting tomorrow, June 5!

Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

CPR/AED Awareness Week

CPR/AED Awareness Week click link to see the full article
Posted on June 1st, 2010 by Gloria Huang/ARC
Today is the first day of CPR/AED Awareness Week! Here at the Red Cross, we talk every day about the importance of getting trained for emergencies. However, this week we want to turn the spotlight on our readers and give you all a chance to share your thoughts on preparedness. Have you gotten trained for CPR before? Have you needed to use your training to save someone’s life?

Let us know in through a comment below, or better yet, head on over to our Facebook page to participate in our contest. We are giving away brand new First Aid and CPR for Everyone kits, which contain materials to help you learn Compression Only CPR. The kit isn’t intended as a substitute for a formal training course, but it is a great way to get started and motivated to learn more.

To participate in the contest and hear what everyone else has to say about their CPR-related experiences, head on over to our official American Red Cross Facebook page.

Lastly, remember to check out these resources this week, and help spread the word about CPR/AED Awareness week.

•Howcast video: “How to Perform Compression Only CPR”
•Red Cross story: “Right Place, Right Time, Right Skills”
•Wilderness and Remote Environments First Aid training
•Red Cross Preparedness Fast Facts

Red Cross Ad on YouTube

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Operation ‘Rescue Rucksack’ Helps Homeless Vets

Volunteers stood in a small room filled with boxes, sweatshirts and pants, clean wipes, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, flip-flops, toothpaste and brushes, and hundreds of compressed rucksacks. Photo Credit: Jaici Murcia

By Deborah Griffith Macswain, Red Cross Volunteer Journalist
Monday, May 24, 2010 —

Twelve Red Cross volunteers stood in a small room filled with boxes, sweatshirts and pants, clean wipes, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, flip-flops, toothpaste and brushes, and hundreds of compressed rucksacks.

The mission: fill over 1,000 rucksacks for the yearly “Stand Down for Homeless Veterans,” held by the local Veterans Affairs office. They had already filled 214 bags at an earlier packing party.

Overseeing the operation were the energetic volunteers of the Pikes Peak (Colo.) Chapter of the Red Cross, who were managing, as one observed, “a fun, industrious and innovative assembly line.”

Britt Bloom, the day’s team lead, explained that they were assembling the rucksacks for wounded, homeless and struggling veterans. She was excited about their job and said, “Once I worked to recruit volunteers. Now I am one, and I love it.”

Asked why he was volunteering for this project, Jon Ainsworth, a retired Air Force veteran, said, “I’m interested in our service men and women, and I like to give back.” Maria Hernandez, a disabled veteran and new to the Red Cross, explained, ”I’m a student now and I want to get involved with my community.”

While they each had a different way of expressing it, they were all there to make sure they helped veterans who sacrificed for their country and now need a hand up.

The Stand Down is a national event and opportunity for homeless and struggling veterans to come to a local site and receive help from many different community organizations. The Pikes Peak Chapter received a grant through Red Cross national headquarters’ Service to the Armed Forces division to assemble 500 rucksacks. The funds were part of a Defense Department grant given to the Red Cross.

Jaici Murcia, the Pikes Peak Chapter Director of Volunteers and Emergency Services, and a veteran herself, was quick to point out that “through other donations and help from our local Wal-Mart, the chapter was able to fill 1000 rucksacks. It is estimated there are between 1,000 and 1,500 homeless veterans in our area. These Rescue Rucksacks will provide our veterans with everyday necessities, something many of us take for granted.”

Volunteers of the Pikes Peak (Colo.) Chapter of the Red Cross Photo Credit: Jaici Murcia