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Disaster planning when living with disabilities

Wheelchair sign on a concrete wall

For people living with disabilities, preparing for disasters will need to take into account personal needs, such as mobility before, during and after a disaster – especially if there’s no power.

Here are some tips for disaster planning when living with disabilities.

Wheelchair sign on a concrete wall

Differences forge friendly calls friendship

Sasha Sadlemyer: woman with shoulder length brown hair and glasses, smiling

Brought together by the Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program, Erma Crouse and Sasha Sadlemyer have forged a strong bond over their six months of weekly phone calls.
The differences between the pair are striking, making their shared connection even more special.
 

Sasha Sadlemyer: woman with shoulder length brown hair and glasses, smiling

Denis Simard: The art of combining humanity and humility to support people in need

Portrait of Denis Simard smiling

This July not only marks the 25th anniversary of the devastating Saguenay flood, but also 16 years of volunteer service for Denis Simard, a volunteer at the Fjord-du-Saguenay branch. 

Portrait of Denis Simard smiling

Know someone who’s tech-shy? Here’s how to introduce them to the online world

A middle aged couple look at a digital tablet, smiling

Digital skills are a great tool for connecting to others and enriching social lives, but it doesn’t come intuitively to everyone. Here’s a few tips on helping someone less familiar with technology learn computer and internet skills.

A middle aged couple look at a digital tablet, smiling

Student association in support of the Red Cross: Preparing and inspiring the next generation

Grouping of four portraits of students in the story

Wishing to get involved in their community, two Université Laval students decided to volunteer at the Canadian Red Cross. Audrey Simard and Élizabeth Collin-Paré came up with the idea to create the Association étudiante en soutien à la Croix-Rouge (Student Association in Support of the Red Cross). 

Grouping of four portraits of students in the story

Be FAST: How to recognize the signs of a stroke

Ambulance speeding through city street with blur effect

When someone experiences a health emergency in front of you, it can be overwhelming. So many questions suddenly flash through your mind. Time is of the essence in the case of a stroke, so it is very important to stay calm and spring into action fast.

Ambulance speeding through city street with blur effect

Finding purpose in service: Bobbi Montean, Red Cross Volunteer

Bobbi Montean smiling wearing white winter jacket

“Be open. Be willing to try something you’ve never ever done before.”
 
Looking back on over 30 years of volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross, Bobbi Montean speaks from a wealth of experience.

Bobbi Montean smiling wearing white winter jacket

How to enjoy summer during a pandemic

Boy playing in a sprinkler.

It’s been a difficult year and the last few months have probably felt longer. Now that the weather is warming, it’s natural to want to spend as much time outside as possible. With that in mind, we have some tips to keep you safe this summer.

Boy playing in a sprinkler.

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