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Red Cross program supports Merritt’s Plant and Flower Shop after 2021 Floods

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In November 2021, around 2 a.m. Vicki Hansen jolted out of bed to answer the loud knocking at her door. The 70-year-old entrepreneur was about to experience the scariest event of her life. See how the Canadian Red Cross helped her, and her business, recover from floods.

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Behind the scenes with Red Cross' Kate Stene

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Growing up in a family of emergency responders and with a background in healthcare, it was Kate’s lifelong dream to work within the humanitarian sector, especially with the Red Cross. In her present role, she leads a team that’s specifically trained and dedicated to providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to those impacted by extreme weather events in B.C.
 

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More than a century of tireless service: Celebrating Dilke Red Cross Society

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On December 16, 1916, in the small community of Dilke, just northwest of Regina, Saskatchewan, a group of 24 men and women formed a society to help soldiers who were away at war. Little did they know this would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship that would span generations, for more than a century.

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Not everyone experiences chest pain during a heart attack 

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If you witnessed a family member who has stopped breathing and is unresponsive, would you know what to do? Fewer than half of Canadians say they have the skills to help in this common and life-threatening emergency.

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Connecting health and social care systems with Social Prescribing 

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We are always looking for ways to provide more resources for better health care for Canadians. Our leadership role in establishing the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing (CISP) will enhance health care in multiple ways. Here's how:

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Red Cross program helps Merritt Dance Studio recover from flood impacts

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The young dancers from the Love to Dance Academy were thrilled about their annual dance event last November. Instead on November 15, 2021, during the first day of the dance event, the entire community of Merritt began to disperse as panicked families rushed to leave town. An evacuation order had been put out due to the massive flooding.

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10 ways for your child to stay safe this Halloween

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While Halloween should be full of fun and excitement, here are some tips to keep festivities as safe as possible for participating kids.

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Safety essentials to bring in your backpack for your next hike

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Heading out for a hike is a delightful way to explore nature. Whether you’re an occasional walker or a hiking aficionado, you’ll need specific equipment to be better prepared in an emergency. This checklist will help you pack some key essentials for your next hike. 

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