Stories tagged with: Red Cross

March 4, 2011 - 3:31pm
4 years 17 weeks ago

An excess of rain can be one of the most dangerous natural disasters, partially due to flooding. When flooding is a possibility you must have a plan.

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross advises people to have an escape plan. You should pack a bag with enough food, water, clothing and medications for three days.

"If by chance you cannot get out of your house make sure that you have enough supplies in there until the water level would recede or until a rescue worker could...

March 3, 2011 - 6:33pm
4 years 18 weeks ago

Blood counts were extremely low this winter, but February got the count back on track.

Between the 27 counties in the Central Ohio Region they need 650 units of blood daily. The bad weather in December and January caused drive cancelations and bad turn outs. The result was a dangerously low blood count.

"We are in recovery mode now so the blood supply is recovering but we still need blood. It's like a river , you can dame it up , but it doesn't stop; the need for blood...

January 27, 2011 - 6:39pm
4 years 22 weeks ago

The month of January has been a rather difficult one for the Red Cross in Southeast Ohio.

Over the last four weeks, twelve fires have broken out across the area leaving many families homeless. And with such a high number, the Red Cross's budget has been stretched very thin, but have been able to make ends meet.

"We are able to keep up and it's because of fantastic volunteers and donors in our community and our united way that we're able to be there to help the families when...

December 28, 2010 - 8:25pm
4 years 27 weeks ago

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is asking you to donate blood.

A blood drive will be held on December 30th at Secrest Auditorium in Zanesville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The organization has teamed up with area businesses to help entice the public to come out and will be giving away one pound bags of coffee from Dunkin Donuts and $10.00 gift cards from Walmart.

"Right now our blood donations are down because of the holiday, because of the Christmas season and it's truly the gift...

December 15, 2010 - 10:32pm
4 years 29 weeks ago

According to the Muskingum Valley Red Cross, there have been 20 fires in the past four weeks.

The organization who covers Muskingum, Morgan and Perry counties has a disaster action team in place that's on call 24/7 to assist families in emergency situations.

"We offer them help with their immediate needs, if they don't have family to go stay with, we put them up in a hotel, they're going to need food and we give them a voucher for food and also clothing," said Marlene...

December 7, 2010 - 6:35pm
4 years 30 weeks ago

With the help of The American Red Cross, people are reminded to send holiday mail for our heroes.

For the 4th year in a row, Pitney Bowes and The American Red Cross are teaming up to collect cards that will be sent out to U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families around the world.  Once the cards are mailed to the one main address in Maryland, Pitney Bowes will ship them out at no charge.

"When it gets there, it will be sorted and delivered to Red...

December 6, 2010 - 6:22pm
4 years 30 weeks ago

The Zanesville Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire.

The call came in around 3:25 at 332 Brighton Boulevard.  Chief Dave Lacy says the fire department stayed on the scene for two and a half hours until the fire was cleared around 6 AM.  The blaze started in a second floor bedroom.

"It originated around some electricity. Right at this point in time, we are just ruling this as an accidental fire and probable cause of electrical short circuit,"...

November 30, 2010 - 8:21pm
4 years 31 weeks ago

The holidays are here, but so are the hazards.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year emergency rooms treat about 12,800 patients for holiday-related injuries. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is offering a few safety tips for homeowners to keep in mind as they begin decorating this December.

"When you're plugging in your Christmas lights, don't overload the electrical outlets because that is just, there is going to be a disaster there," said...

October 27, 2010 - 4:14pm
4 years 36 weeks ago

Emergencies can happen at any time.

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross says they knew three days earlier that yesterday's bad storm was on it's way.

"Being prepared is 99% communication, we have a great communication system here in Muskingum, Morgan and Perry county. We stay in contact with our EMA directors all the time," said Keeley Warden of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

Warden says they are constantly updating their emergency manual and making sure they...

September 27, 2010 - 6:09pm
4 years 40 weeks ago

Do you consider someone you know to be a "Hometown Hero?"

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is accepting applications through October 4th and will pick 12 individuals, ranging from an Education Hero to a Youth Hero.

"We're looking for all those heroes that have gone above and beyond. (They) have made a difference in someone else's life, or someone thinks they've made a difference in the community's life," says Marlene Henderson of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross...

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