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Learning from the Red Cross Movement how to be better prepared

In late November 2016, the Ecuadorian Red Cross, with support from the Magen David Adom (MDA), the Israeli National Red Cross Society, conducted mass-casualty incident (MCI) training in Ecuador. An MCI is a situation – natural or man-made – where emergency crews become overwhelmed by the number of casualties. Many Red Cross National Societies respond to MCIs in their home countries; these Societies then share their knowledge with other Societies to improve their response capabilities.

8 ways to be ready for winter storms and other emergencies

As Canadians, we know winter storms, including blizzards, ice storms and extreme cold, are common this time of year. Some of the risks related to winter weather include extended power outages, treacherous driving conditions and frigid temperatures. Are you and your family prepared for a weather-related emergency?

How to prepare for winter emergencies

Cailin Hodder and members of her Red Cross disaster management team have seen firsthand why being prepared to deal with disasters in the winter is so important.

Cailin, the provincial manager for disaster management in Manitoba, was travelling with some of her team members last winter in a rural part of the province during poor weather when they came across a vehicle that had already been stuck in a ditch for an hour.

Ten truly useful and practical gifts

Did you know you can find lots of gift ideas online through Shop Red Cross? Instead of buying your brother yet another ugly Christmas sweater, why not give him an emergency preparedness kit with essential items in case of a disaster.

Think of it as a way of showing how much you care about him and his family. It’s also reassuring to know they will be ready in an emergency.

Red Cross and BUNZ join to help Canadians be ready

At the Canadian Red Cross we know how important having an emergency kit is, and we were looking for a new way to get the word out. So we turned to BUNZ Trading Zone. 

Why have an emergency kit? One Fort McMurray resident's story

When the time came to evacuate his Abasand home due to the wildfire, Dan Edwards had only a few moments to grab the essentials - luckily, he was prepared with his emergency kit for a moment just like this. 

Tech Talk: Prepare for disasters with the Be Ready app

The official Canadian Red Cross Be Ready app offers life-saving resources, right at your fingertips.
Disasters such as fires, floods or even earthquakes are the types of emergencies we think will never happen to us or loved ones; but 90,000 people affected by recent wildfires in Alberta have two words for you: Be Ready.

Myths vs. facts: tornado safety

Last summer, we had a few tornado scares in Southern Alberta. Working at the Red Cross, I felt as though I was prepared to stay safe. However, I learned that there are actually a lot of myths around tornado safety. Learn more about some of the most common ones. 

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