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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.

How to adapt your emergency car kit for summer in a pandemic

A winding road lined with trees under a sunny sky

We know it’s important to have an emergency kit for our homes – one that prepares us for up to 72 hours after a disaster - should help not be able to arrive until then; but do you have an emergency kit prepared for your car?

A winding road lined with trees under a sunny sky

Would you know what to do in case of a landslide like the one in Saint-Jean-Vianney?

Historical black and white photo of the landslide - a rubble and mud slide with houses perched precariously at the edge.

Fifty years ago, on May 4, 1971, a landslide swallowed 56 homes in the village of Saint-Jean-Vianney in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, claiming 31 lives and forcing 1,342 people to seek refuge in reception centres and shelters.
 

Historical black and white photo of the landslide - a rubble and mud slide with houses perched precariously at the edge.

The Canadian Thaw: getting ready for spring after winter

The sun is getting stronger, winter gear is slowly diminishing, blossoms are beginning to show, hope is starting to grow – it’s springtime! In Canada, there are a few things to keep in mind to be ready for specific emergencies the new season can bring, such as increased risk of flooding as snow melts away.

Tips for preventing and surviving a home fire

Home fires can happen anytime and anywhere but are most likely to occur during winter in Canada. According to the Commissariat aux incendies de la Ville de Québec, 4 in 10 fatal home fires occur between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., when the household is asleep.

If the storm of the century hit tomorrow, would you be ready?

Fifty years ago, on March 4, 1971, part of Quebec was paralyzed by the ‘storm of the century’. Although several other powerful storms occurred in the 20th century, including the very memorable 1998 ice storm, the 1971 storm took the title due to a particularly intense mix of harsh conditions. Here are other historic snowstorms from across the country.

Blue ice and red flags: How to stay safe when skating on lake ice

Maybe it’s happened to you: You’re skating along the frozen surface of a lake, when CRACK! You see a fracture in the ice shoot out from under your skates. Suddenly you’re wondering… How thick is this ice? Should I be this far out? Tips from Canadian Red Cross ice safety expert Lynn Kolba for having a safe day on the ice.

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