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BC wildfire evacuee using his experience to help others

Canadian Red Cross volunteer David Wickingstad, who is currently fielding calls at the Kamloops HELP office, decided to help out because he knows what it’s like to be an evacuee. His community of 108 Mile in the Cariboo Region of BC has been under an evacuation order since Friday, July 7th due to the Gustafsen wildfire.

Resiliency in the face of a disaster: Evacuee Pat Gauthier

Gauthier is one of thousands of people pushed out of their homes due to a fast-moving wildfire that broke out Thursday, July 6 near the village of Ashcroft, BC.  The fire swept through her tiny community nearby called Boston Flats.  

B.C. fires: coping with crisis

Those who experience crisis situations are very likely to experience extreme stress – this is entirely normal. However, extreme stress can seriously affect your health and daily life. Here are some tips to help cope with stress.

Red Cross responds to B.C. wildfires

Dry and severe weather caused wildfires to spread quickly throughout British Columbia, with approximately 100 wildfires sparked on July 7 alone. With a province-wide state of emergency declared, support is needed for thousands of families and individuals evacuated from their homes and communities.

Safety tips to treat and prevent sunburn

Kids can be great fun – highly entertaining in their vigour and love of life, especially as active as they are in these summer months. However, sunburned kids are no fun for anyone. If a child in your care gets sunburned, he or she will let his or her displeasure known so it’s best to prevent them. Overall, it’s best to prevent sunburn for anyone as its side effects and consequences can be serious.

The search for water in a drought-stricken country

Combatting acute watery diarrhea/cholera requires knowledge, skill, equipment, medicine, and most importantly: good, clean water. But how can that be accomplished when an increase in cases of acute watery diarrhea/cholera is seen in a developing country experiencing a severe drought?

Water safety advice from Director of Canadian Safe Boating Council

Many Canadians enjoy boating each summer. Unfortunately, the season doesn't end happily for everyone. While the number of boating related fatalities has decreased over the last 10 years, according to Canadian Red Cross statistics, an average of 125 Canadians die each year while boating. As a Director with Canadian Safe Boating Council, I am saddened to see that the vast majority of these fatalities are preventable.

World Refugee Day: Stories of challenges and successes

It’s World Refugee Day on June 20th and to mark it, we’re highlighting some of our stories from this year on the challenges and successes of those who had to flee their homes.

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