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Holiday Gift Guide: Practical gifts that will help

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While many Canadians are hunting for the perfect holiday gifts for those they care about, the Canadian Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide offers many thoughtful and practical gift options that can easily be ordered online from our e-Shop.

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How to prepare for and cope with flooding and extreme weather

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Whether you are experiencing this week’s flooding, landslides and extreme weather in British Columbia first-hand or are watching it unfold through social media and television screens, there’s no denying the sheer devastation it has caused.

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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.

Dispelling 5 common disaster myths

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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.

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Moving day: Tips to avoid injuries on the big day

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Are you currently packing boxes for a fast approaching move? Having lived through my own move recently believing I was prepared for any contingency, and after a few minor injuries, I compiled a few tips so you can avoid injuries when the day comes.

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Getting organized to move: Where do you start?

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Having been through a move recently myself believing I was prepared for any contingency, I still wished I had read the Moving for Dummies guide first! After a few (minor) injuries and several ups and downs, here are a few hard won bits of advice to help you prepare for your move.

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Disaster planning when living with disabilities

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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.

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

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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). 

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