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Working together to slow a COVID outbreak in Iqaluit

Red Cross team in red vests and winter coats standing on a snowy landscape in Iqaluit.

As a COVID-19 outbreak in late April and early May 2021 impacted Iqaluit, Mayor Kenny Bell knew that help was needed. The Canadian Red Cross was brought to Iqaluit in mid-May to provide additional support to a homeless shelter in the city but, by the time the team left, they had also done Epidemic Prevention and Control (EPC) assessments for 13 organizations across the city. 

Red Cross team in red vests and winter coats standing on a snowy landscape in Iqaluit.

Remembering the Saguenay flood, 25 years later

An aerial view of the Saguenay flood and affected village submerged.

Exactly 25 years ago, during the night of Friday, July 19 to Saturday, July 20, 1996, heavy rain triggered floods in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, threatening the entire region and causing one of the largest evacuations in the history of Quebec. Thousands of people, helpless in the face of the tragedy, braved the torrential floods that swept everything away.

An aerial view of the Saguenay flood and affected village submerged.

Red Cross volunteer David Summerby-Murray: unexpectedly applying his infectious diseases background at home

A smiling man holding a dog

Red Cross volunteer David Summerby-Murray never expected a need to apply his expertise regarding infectious diseases in a place like Nova Scotia, but that quickly changed with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A smiling man holding a dog

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

11 ideas for offline activities for kids

An adult walking slightly behind a young girl along a path through a wooded area

Think your kids may be having too much screen time while we’ve been at home more these days? You’re not alone. While screen time has its uses, we thought to provide a few offline activities that can help kids transition from the virtual world to the real world again.

An adult walking slightly behind a young girl along a path through a wooded area

Dispelling 5 common disaster myths

A mom sitting with a baby and a toddler looking at a tablet

Statistics show that only one out of three Canadians will take steps to be prepared for a disaster - which means the majority of us are not prepared in case of emergency. This could be for few reasons so we want to dispel five common disaster myths.

A mom sitting with a baby and a toddler looking at a tablet

Red Cross helps firefighters battle flames instead of COVID-19

Three people in personal protective equipment including gowns, masks and gloves

In late June, a plane full of firefighters touched down in Sudbury to help protect communities in Northern Ontario. Shortly after the team stepped off the aircraft, the Canadian Red Cross immediately set to work, ensuring their task would not be more difficult than usual.

Three people in personal protective equipment including gowns, masks and gloves

Teaching kids how to act in emergencies

A girl sits on the floor in a home setting and looks at a mobile phone in her hands. Credit: bruce mars / unsplash.com

When six-year-old Jaycee's mom became unconscious, Jaycee knew how to call 911 for help. Her story shows how real-world scenarios often call on children to respond to challenges. Here’s how to help them be ready like Jaycee.

A girl sits on the floor in a home setting and looks at a mobile phone in her hands. Credit: bruce mars / unsplash.com

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