Emergency Preparedness

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How to stay safe in strong storms

A tree snapped in half due to strong winds in recent derecho in Ontario

Some of us recently experienced a derecho, even before we may have known what one was.
What is a derecho and how can you protect yourself and loved ones from future storms, including tornadoes and power outages.

A tree snapped in half due to strong winds in recent derecho in Ontario

Mental health matters: How to emotionally prepare yourself for an emergency or disaster

A woman in a mask and Red Cross vest offers a teddy bear to a young girl

As Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health Week and Emergency Preparedness Week coincide, we focus on the importance of prioritizing mental health and wellbeing during times of crisis.

A woman in a mask and Red Cross vest offers a teddy bear to a young girl

Partnerships and preparedness: Philippine Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross over the years

A group of people assembled for a photo in front of lifesaving devices

The Philippine and Canadian Red Cross have a strong relationship that began in 2013 when responding to typhoon Haiyan. Nearly 10 years later, the partnership has been strengthened resulting in positive impacts on both sides. Learn more about how this partnership came to be and the key to developing enduring international relationships.

A group of people assembled for a photo in front of lifesaving devices

Canadian Red Cross and Definity offer life-saving preparedness information through virtual workshops

A photo of a woman in a Red Cross vest in a mask beside a photo of two women hugging

For over a century, the Red Cross has responded to emergencies and helped people prepare for them by sharing essential information and resources. Economical Insurance initiated its long-standing partnership with the Red Cross in 2013 after the Southern Alberta floods, and has been a long-time supporter of emergency preparedness in Canadian communities.

A photo of a woman in a Red Cross vest in a mask beside a photo of two women hugging

Dining in the dark: getting creative in the kitchen during a power outage

Jars of grains, beans, legumes piled in a pantry

When a storm or other disaster comes your way and knocks the power out or makes it difficult to leave your home for a few days, preparing meals becomes a major concern.
Here are some tips for keeping food safe and eating nutritiously, even when there’s no electricity available at mealtime.

Jars of grains, beans, legumes piled in a pantry

Preparing to return home after a house fire

A hand writing on a piece of paper

Fires are one of the most common emergencies experienced by Canadians in their home. Home fires can happen anywhere and any time, but most commonly occur between December and March. There’s a lot you can do to prevent it from happening, however. Here are some steps to follow before returning home after a house fire.

A hand writing on a piece of paper

Walmart fundraising campaign: Improving disaster readiness one dollar at a time

Cars decorated in red and white balloons in a single file parade outside a Walmart store.

This summer, Walmart and the Red Cross have worked together to raise $4.2 million across Canada through customer donations, Walmart internal fundraising, and a corporate match of $820,000 from Walmart Canada’s corporate office.

Cars decorated in red and white balloons in a single file parade outside a Walmart store.

Providing critical aid during the pandemic: Meet Public Health Deputy Lead Rateb Fouad

Headshot of Rateb in a Canadian Red Cross red vest

As a young child in Canada, Rateb always acknowledged that his internal calling was to help those in need. Following his parents’ immigration to the Middle East, Rateb obtained his medical degree in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Rateb saw the opportunity to directly apply his training and skills through the greater good of humanitarian work, and joined the Canadian Red Cross to help on the front lines.

Headshot of Rateb in a Canadian Red Cross red vest

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