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Tips to help families cope during self-isolation due to COVID-19

An increasing number of Canadians are in self-isolation because of potential exposure or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and many also choose to self-monitor at home as a precaution. Families are facing the challenge of keeping children’s needs met during 14 days at home. 

The Red Cross is helping Canadians in quarantine after their arrival from Japan – here’s how

For the past two weeks, Canadians aboard a cruise ship have been in quarantine due to an outbreak of COVID-19. The Red Cross is helping Canadians in quarantine after their arrival from Japan – here’s how.

How the Red Cross is helping Canadians returning from Wuhan

On February 7, Canadians returned from China and arrived at CFB Trenton. They left from Wuhan China, following an outbreak of novel coronavirus. For 14 days after their arrival, they will be in isolation in a temporary lodging site to be monitored for any symptoms before they continue home. The Canadian Red Cross is on the ground, providing support.

Why misinformation spreads in emergencies and how to stop it

In the early days of any emergency, whether it’s a new virus, wildfires or flooding, we frequently see a surge of inaccurate, misleading or at times blatantly false information circulating on social media and through word of mouth. Why is that? Where does this misinformation come from and what impact does it have on those trying to respond to the emergency?

A decade of Red Cross on the ground

As we get ready in ring in 2020, we're reflecting on some events from the past decade that brought together international aid workers, inspired innovative solutions to complex challenges, and showed the amazing capacity for resilience humans have in the face of disasters.

Help given never forgotten

A burning exclamation mark to a sweet celebration, Kim Isaac’s garage burst into flames moments after her final guest departed from the baby shower she was hosting at her home in southeast Manitoba. When Kim opened the door to the garage it looked like the site of a massive tornado touchdown. Her husband was on fire and jumped into a snowbank to douse the flames.

One year later: Recognizing community partners after the Ottawa tornadoes

On the late afternoon of Friday, September 21, 2018, a severe Storm Watch was issued in the Woodvale area of Ottawa.  As Joe Nyenhuis, Executive Pastor, and Mark Scarr, Lead Pastor at Woodvale Pentecostal Church were discussing the need to cancel a planned event, one of the six tornadoes to hit Ottawa that day touched down right next to the church.

Red Cross responds to Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

Even before Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas, the Red Cross has been on the ground. Now a response is underway to provide much needed aid. 

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