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Preparing to return home after a house fire

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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.

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Red Cross SmartStart offers an injury prevention program for newcomers

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In 2018, Faith Okolie and her family arrived in Montreal as refugees from Nigeria. They were in danger and sought safe haven in Canada. They found it, and now Faith teaches newcomers in Winnipeg how they can stay safe in their new homes.

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Newcomer doctor duo on deployment

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Sepideh Alvandi and Vahid Zolfagharimoheb are married physicians from Iran who arrived in July 2021 to make Canada their new home.
The couple wasted no time applying their professional skills and humanitarian drive to help others in need in their new country.

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Be present and listen: Advice from a seasoned disaster responder

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When Dave Schiller decided it was time to retire after 30 years as a school counsellor in London, Ontario, he was looking for his next venture. He found it with the Canadian Red Cross.
“I wanted to retire to something and not just from something,” Dave explains.

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Keeping kids safe during winter activities

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Cold weather, ice and snow can be fun but also dangerous for children. Here are a few tips to help keep your kids warm and safe during winter.

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Time to help: Red Cross Volunteer Rudy Ambtman

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As volunteers, we all give what we can when we can. The Canadian Red Cross could not help those in need without this support and volunteer Rudy Ambtman from Manitoba has a lot to give.

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Dispelling myths: Should you ice or heat an injury?

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As we go through life, bumps, bruises, scrapes, and falls are often part of the human experience. Whether through unexpected slips and falls, sports injuries, or an occasional case of clumsiness, some misadventures can lead to more serious injuries to bones, muscles and joints.

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Supporting children with vaccination: A Red Cross mom shares her story

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It’s one thing to plan and prepare teams to support children aged 5 to 11 years old for the COVID-19 vaccination, it is an entirely different experience to support your own children through this experience. Robyn Emde, mental health and psychosocial support lead at Canadian Red Cross shares her own experience with this.

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