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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

A day at Gara de Nord: Supporting refugees from Ukraine during their journey

Romanian Red Cross team members helping people at the border of Ukraine

The Gara de Nord train station in Bucharest is a busy place; it’s Romania’s main rail connection point with the rest of Europe. Since the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, thousands of people fleeing the conflict have passed through this station. The Romanian Red Cross with its partners runs a quiet refuge in the midst of the bustle, a place for women and children to wait for connecting trains or other travel onward.

Romanian Red Cross team members helping people at the border of Ukraine

Friendly Calls: Benefits on both sides of the phone  

A man smiling while holding a phone to his ear

When asked about his experience as a volunteer in the Friendly Calls program, Jason Robillon quickly responds: “It was exactly what I was looking for: having a consistent person to talk with once a week.”
The Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program focuses on forming connections and offering more social interaction to adults across the country.

A man smiling while holding a phone to his ear

Why I recommend a Canadian Red Cross co-op term

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In Summer 2021, I completed my first co-op term with the Canadian Red Cross, as an Emergency Care Worker in the Langford COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. This summer work term proved to be one of the best work experiences I’ve ever had – and the Red Cross is to thank for that!

A group of people standing in front of a multi-coloured wall

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

Red Cross in action: How we are reaching people in Ukraine and surrounding countries

A young woman holding an infant in her arms smiling at the camera

In times of humanitarian crisis, finding accurate details and facts can be challenging in a sea of information. Both misinformation and disinformation can put our Red Cross staff, volunteers, and the people we seek to help at risk. Here’s how the Red Cross is helping on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding region.

A young woman holding an infant in her arms smiling at the camera

The Journey from Syria to Canada and the Canadian Red Cross

A young woman sitting on a large rock with trees in the background

“My life as I was leaving Syria took the path of the unknown. I wasn’t sure what would happen next.” Read Ghufran Othman’s story about her journey from refugee to volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross. 

A young woman sitting on a large rock with trees in the background

Tapping into local expertise to help people impacted by the conflict in Ukraine

A blonde woman standing in front of a convoy of supplies

It has now been almost two months since I packed my bags and headed to Europe to support the Red Cross response to the conflict in Ukraine. I can’t help but think of the millions of people who have also had to leave their homes, under very different circumstances, unsure of what they will eventually return to. The word “millions” doesn’t do these people justice. They aren’t just some anonymous number.

A blonde woman standing in front of a convoy of supplies

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