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Don’t get scammed! Tips for avoiding donation fraud during disasters

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Ever get an email promising you a fortune if you provide your personal information, or a threatening phone call demanding money to avoid jail? It can feel like scams are everywhere! Sometimes they feel obvious, others can be extremely sophisticated. Here are some steps you can take to help protect yourself from a scam.
 

A phone screen labels a text as a scam

Red Cross responds to wildfires in Nova Scotia

A cot with a Red Cross blanket, teddy bear and hygiene kit

Wildfires are burning in Halifax region and Shelburne County Nova Scotia, forcing people to evacuate from their homes. The Canadian Red Cross is on the ground in support of the provincial and municipal governments. We’re working together with community organizations to provide help to those who have been impacted. 

A cot with a Red Cross blanket, teddy bear and hygiene kit

Why misinformation is dangerous, especially during disasters

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With more access to information than ever before, misinformation is a big topic these days. Sometimes misinformation can be small and pretty harmless, other times it can lead to incredibly serious consequences. For the Red Cross and Red Crescent, misinformation can make it harder for us to deliver aid, and harder for people to receive the help they need. So, what do me mean when we talk about misinformation and what can be done to recognize it and stop it from spreading?
 

A person uses a cell phone

I asked Chat GPT to create an emergency plan for my family, here’s what I got

A family (grand-mother, pregnant mother and child) is looking at a phone

Can AI help create a personalized emergency plan? Like many people, I have been hearing a lot about ChatGPT and I wanted to see if I could use it to create an emergency plan, tell me what I should include in my family’s kit, and what to do if there was a disaster in my city. While AI was able to get me started, it’s important to rely on trustworthy organizations like the Canadian Red Cross, when preparing for a disaster or emergency.

A family (grand-mother, pregnant mother and child) is looking at a phone

Red Cross and Red Crescent around the world: Unique Societies, same principles  

A man in a Red Cross vest carrying a black and white dog on his shoulder

Every day, members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement respond to emergencies and disasters around the world. Each Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society is distinct from each other but linked together by the same guiding principles. So how does this all work? 

A man in a Red Cross vest carrying a black and white dog on his shoulder

Red Cross responds to Hurricane Fiona in Atlantic Canada and Quebec

Houses flooded in deep waters

The Canadian Red Cross is working closely with provincial, municipal, and Indigenous governments to provide help for people, communities, and businesses that have been impacted by Fiona. Find out how we are helping and where to get help if you need it.

Houses flooded in deep waters

Red Cross and Red Crescent respond to record-breaking floods in Pakistan

An overhead shot of extreme flooding in Pakistan with buildings nearly submerged in flooded waters

Monsoon rainfall in Pakistan is causing catastrophic landslides and flash flooding across the country. The record-breaking rains are nearly three times higher than the past 30-year average and have impacted an estimated 33 million people – for scale, the population of Canada is just over 38.6 million. 

An overhead shot of extreme flooding in Pakistan with buildings nearly submerged in flooded waters

Photos from a hunger crisis

A man in a Red Cross vest walking across cracked, dry land.

In East Africa, tens of millions of people are in dire need of food as a series of disasters from climate change, conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic, a locust invasion, and longstanding vulnerabilities have converged into a humanitarian crisis. Time is running out to avert starvation. Unless urgent action is taken, the continued drought in East Africa could come to resemble the one in 2011, which killed about 260,000 people in Somalia.

A man in a Red Cross vest walking across cracked, dry land.

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