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  • 08/30/2018 4:24 PM | Deleted user

    What should you do if someone calls and asks for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information? Hang up! It’s a scam. Scam artists may try to steal your personal information by calling you and asking for your current Medicare Number to get your new Medicare card.

    Medicare will never call uninvited and ask you to give personal information or money to get your new Medicare Number or card. Click here to Learn what to do if you get a suspicious call.

    Remember: Your new Medicare card will automatically come to you in the mail. You don’t need to do anything, as long as your address is up-to-date with the Social Security Administration. If you need to update or verify your address, visit  My Social Security account.


  • 08/30/2018 3:56 PM | Deleted user

    All over the world, thousands of people have gone missing due to conflict and disaster. The lasting impact on the loved ones of the missing is immeasurable. August 30, 2018 is International #DayoftheDisappeared, and today the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commemorates those who are missing and those suffering in their absence.  

    On the International Day of the Disappeared, the delegation of the ICRC in Israel and the Occupied Territories highlights the families of the missing Israelis and Palestinians who continue to live the nightmare of not knowing what happened to their loved ones following the 2014 conflict in Gaza. 

     Read more at the ICRC and Wikipedia.

  • 08/17/2018 3:27 PM | Deleted user

    Background: Sunday, August 19, is the UN-recognized World Humanitarian Day – a day to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and to rally support for people impacted by crises around the world. As conflict rages and families remain stuck in tragic circumstances not of their making, aid is needed more than ever. But health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.

    Check out...
    Videos: 
    International Services YouTube playlist 

    Website: Redcross.org/international



  • 08/01/2018 11:50 AM | Deleted user

    The nation is facing a severe mid-summer blood shortage, and the American Red Cross is searching for donors of all blood types. 

    When you come in to donate blood, platelets, or plasma, you make a major difference. Patients who need regular transfusions, and those whose needs are unexpected, count on donors like you. And right now, there is an emergency need for blood donations. Patients are very thankful for your gift, as are we. 

    SPECIAL OFFERAs a special thank you for your generosity during this urgent time, if you donate between July 30 and Aug. 30 we will send you a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email.**

    Click to schedule an Appointment.


  • 08/01/2018 11:46 AM | Deleted user

    Public Wi-Fi seems like the perfect way to keep in touch and get business done while on travel.  A Cloud security company looked at the 45 busiest U.S. airports and compiled a list of America’s most cyber insecure airports. San Diego is the worst, the most insecure. At the San Diego airport, findings showed that travelers using the public WiFi have a 30 percent chance to connect to a medium-risk network and 11 percent chance to connect to a high risk network. 

    See full list of ten most cyber insecure airports at Fortune


  • 08/01/2018 11:42 AM | Deleted user

    In Laos on July 23, the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapsed causing unprecedented floods in neighboring towns, affecting nearly 7,000 people and displacing more than 1,000. With parts of the community still under water, Red Cross workers and first responders are doing everything possible to reach people with lifesaving aid.  More than 100 people are missing.

    Water levels reached rooftops in some areas and more than 100 homes were damaged, forcing families to seek shelter in local schools and government buildings.

    At this phase in the response, the Lao Red Cross is focused on providing immediate emergency assistance. “They are experienced in search and rescue, first aid, and have handled serious flooding in the past,” said Marwan Jilani, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent (IFRC)’s office in Bangkok. “They are ready to respond to this challenging operation”. Relief efforts continue in close coordination with local officials and the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

    Read more at redcross.org



  • 06/27/2018 5:45 PM | Deleted user

    ARCRA provides an online directory of all Red Cross retirees who are ARCRA members.  To get to the directory, log into the ARCRA website with your email address and password. Click “More Links” at the end of the navigation bar and click on the fourth item on the drop-down menu “Directory.”  Type in the last name of the individual you are looking for and click on their name. The site will pull up a page “Member Details” where you can send an email message to the person you are seeking.  Personal information like address, phone, and email are not displayed on the site to protect member privacy.  If you want your personal information displayed, you can go to your membership profile and select information that you want to provide to other ARCRA members as part of your profile.  You can also update your profile when you move or get a new email address.

     NOTE:  If you haven’t logged into www.arcretireeassoc.org before, you will need to set a password.  To set your password, login with your email address and select “Forgot Password.” Then type in a new password.   If you have problems logging in, send a note to admin@arcretireeassoc.org.  If your email address is not listed as part of your ARCRA member portfolio, the website will not let you access “Members Only” pages on the website. Send a note to admin@arcretireeassoc.org to add your email address to your membership profile.


  • 06/27/2018 5:43 PM | Deleted user


    Research shows that strong relationships with family and friends help to preserve brain function and keep us happy.  Hearing is one of the senses that keep us connected and hearing loss is a proven precursor to social isolation.   
    Harvard studies prove the negative impact of hearing loss on the quality of a person’s relationships, health, and happiness as they age.  A study by the American Academy of Audiology proves that treating hearing loss with hearing aids improves relationships at home and work. People who wear hearing aids report increased self-confidence and socialization.

     If you or someone you know is suffering from hearing loss, consider taking advantage of free hearing consultations and discounts on hearing aids through American Hearing Benefits' nationwide network of hearing professionals. Click here for a free consult and 60-day trial.

     Set up your account at  Perkspot  and check out other discounts


  • 06/27/2018 4:48 PM | Deleted user

    Describing her decade with the Red Cross,  President and CEO Gail McGovern  said, “It has been a truly remarkable ten years with the American Red Cross. I have learned so much, not only about this storied institution, but also about the amazing generosity and resiliency of people around the world. And I am profoundly grateful for the ongoing compassion and commitment of all those who empower our lifesaving mission.”

    ARCRA congratulates Gail on her decade with the American Red Cross and thanks her for her guidance and leadership during her time with the American Red Cross. You can read Gail’s bio at  http://www.redcross.org/about-us/leadership/gail-j-mcgovern ad blog about the last ten years with the organization, check out the timeline starting on her first day to the present, read a report on the Red Cross and Gail’s contributions to the Red Cross mission and view Gail’s own words about her ten years with the American Red Cross in a new video at 

    Gail McGovern also discussed her Red Cross Career in one of the latest issues of the AARP Bulletin at https://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-2018/american-red-cross-gail-mcgoven.html

  • 05/30/2018 10:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Bob Howard

    Note: You must be an ARCRA member and logged on the the website to access the full primer.  Members click here for the full story. 

    The full article is, located under “Resources”, It will provide you with comprehensive information on how to develop your financial disaster preparedness plan.

    It is hard to believe that Hurricane Season is here.  We all remember last year when storm after storm hit the US and its territories one after another.  As Red Cross retirees we know the drill.  Make a plan…build a kit… and stay informed.  Often overlooked is having a sound financial plan for making it through a disaster.

    Financial Preparedness is probably the important thing for recovering after a disaster.  Ready.gov  has some great resources to help you make a financial preparedness plan.  Here are a few tips to get you started.

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