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 redcross.org.

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