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How to prepare for and cope with flooding and extreme weather

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Whether you are experiencing this week’s flooding, landslides and extreme weather in British Columbia first-hand or are watching it unfold through social media and television screens, there’s no denying the sheer devastation it has caused.

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6 common kitchen mistakes that start fires

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Many of us have found ourselves baking and cooking more. With all this increased kitchen action, there’s also bound to be accidents. Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires in Canada. Take a look at some common habits that may lead to a kitchen fire.

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The Land Family Legacy: Two generations of honouring the past while supporting the future

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Legacy givers are not necessarily wealthy or famous, which is a common misconception. Instead, they’re simply people who wish to share their kindness and make a difference in some way for future generations.
One such person is John Land, who shares why he and his late mother, Mary, both included donations to the Red Cross in their Wills.

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A deployment day off

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Marina Dovell has plenty of experience decompressing during Red Cross deployments. She started volunteering with the Red Cross in 2015, after retiring from the Saskatchewan provincial government, and deals with stressful situations when on response. She describes her best practices for self-care and destressing during difficult times.

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In 10 minutes, your life can turn upside down.

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When lightning strikes, disaster can follow in mere minutes. Elizabeth, her husband, four children and family dog escaped a sudden home fire, and were grateful for the support of the Red Cross Personal Disaster Assistance Team in Prince Albert, SK. 

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Transit trio apply critical first aid skills to save a life

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Everyday transit enforcement officers patrol bus hubs in the City of Mississauga with the goal to keep everyone safe. One day, in early January, Michal and two of his colleagues relied their first aid training to save a man’s life.

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Adapted first aid training: an inclusive Red Cross experience  

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When my first aid certification expired during the pandemic, I knew it was time to renew. Typically, I’d be keen to refresh my skills and knowledge – after all, being able to help in an emergency is a valuable skill to have. Still, I hesitated. Unlike the last time I’d certified, I now live with reduced mobility and was feeling less confident about training this time around. 

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Responding to COVID-19 around the world - part 4

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More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, some countries are now experiencing devastating second, third, and fourth waves of the virus. While the quick development of vaccines is positive news, COVID-19 remains an ongoing crisis and its effects will still be seen for years to come. Here are some examples of how Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies continue to provide support.

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