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  • 11/21/2021 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    As you get ready for the big Thanksgiving meal think about adding some healthy treats for your pups to the festivities.

    • Sweet and regular potatoes-great source of fiber but avoid the salt, butter, and sour cream
    • Apples-source of vitamin A & C but remove the core and skin
    • Turkey-remove skin, seasoning, and bones
    • Green beans-source of fiber, manganese and vitamin K and C.  Share before you make the traditional green been casserole.
    • Plain cooked fresh pumpkin-no pie and spiced canned pumpkin pie filling

    Serve all of the above in moderation.  Check with you veterinarian before making changes to your pet's diet.

    For more information check the American Kennel Club

  • 11/04/2021 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    Intercross is launching a special season of podcasts starting November 4, 2021. In episode #117, Intercross goes deeper to tell the stories about the people and the work of the ICRC throughout the world, and also talked with experts about today’s biggest humanitarian challenges. Leave a comment, email our editor Niki Clark, or contact us via Twitter. Don't forget to subscribe to Intercross wherever you listen to your podcasts. 

    Right now, world leaders are in the Scottish city of Glasgow for COP26 – the United Nations climate change conference. 
    The stakes could not be higher. 
    Sea levels are rising. Heatwaves, droughts, floods, and wildfires are more frequent, more intense, and threatening the survival of humanity.
    In a brand new episode, we hear from our communications colleague in London, Sam Smith, who’s been closely following this story for the past year, writing about the very real human impacts of climate change in a conflict zone. 
    He talks to ICRC experts on the ground, in some of the most climate vulnerable places in the world and asks, What happens when climate change and conflict collide? 

    Click here for show notes, key takeaways and more resources




    Mark November 18th on your calendar for the next episode. Here's a little more on that one: 

    In this episode, we meet Walter, an American Red Cross volunteer in the state of Missouri who works as a therapy leader for incarcerated veterans. Along with the American Red Cross, we delve into the challenges that many face coming out of the military service, and the services the American Red Cross is providing to those who find themselves incarcerated in the U.S.

  • 10/29/2021 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    With COVID-19 vaccines readily available and nearly 60% of the U.S. population fully vaccinated, Halloween may look a bit different than last year, but with the ongoing pandemic, there are still safety factors to consider when planning Halloween activities.

    Here are some steps and things to consider helping keep you, your families and communities safe and healthy, whether you and your families are going out trick-or-treating or staying home to hand out candy.


    • Make your cloth mask part of your costume. A costume mask is not a safe substitute for a cloth mask. Avoid wearing a costume mask over a cloth mask as it can make breathing difficult.
    • Plan outdoor activities and avoid indoor events where the risk of virus transmission is higher.
    • Bring hand sanitizer with you while trick-or-treating and use it after touching objects or other people. Wash your hands when you get home.
    • Avoid trick-or-treating in large groups, and social distance from others around the neighborhood.
    • Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen. Give kids a flashlight to light their way and consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
    • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. Avoid running. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cross between parked cars.
    • Only visit homes that have a porch light on, and never go inside.
    • Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating. Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.

    Staying Home Handing Out Candy

    • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
    • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters by setting up an area with individually bagged treats for kids to take. Wash your hands before handling treats.
    • Maintain social distancing and wear a cloth mask.
    • Light the area well so young visitors can see.
    • Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over

    Read the Red Cross press release here

  • 10/07/2021 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    It’s been more than a month since the deadly Hurricane Ida devastated communities from Louisiana to the Northeast and people are still out of their homes, dealing with temporary living quarters and losing everything they had.

    The American Red Cross and partners are still there, continuing to work around the clock to provide recovery help after the storm changed lives forever. Follow Red Cross work here.

    Hundreds of people impacted by Ida are still depending on the Red Cross and partners for safe shelter in Louisiana and New Jersey. Since Ida first threatened the U.S., more than 40,000 total overnight stays have been provided.

    As many as 330 trained Red Cross workers are supporting the relief efforts, either on the ground or virtually. In total, some 3,000 disaster workers from all over the country have helped on the Red Cross Ida relief effort.

    Read more and see photos here

  • 10/05/2021 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    The blood supply in the United States is dangerously low – an uncommon occurrence for this time of year. It is safe to donate blood and all eligible individuals – including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine – are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets now to ensure that blood products will be available for all patients when needed.

    Blood centers across the country are currently reporting low blood supplies as the Delta variant continues to spread. With the recent COVID-19 case surge and the busy back-to-school period, some blood collection organizations are experiencing an abnormal decline in donor turnout; others are experiencing blood drive cancellations at schools and businesses limiting the number of individuals allowed onsite as a precautionary pandemic practice. These collection challenges have disrupted the nation’s blood supply, resulting in concerningly low inventories of life-saving blood products across the country for patients in need.

    Fall is typically a time when the blood supply is more stable – If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, hospitals may be forced to alter treatment for some patients or cancel some patient surgeries. Blood donations are needed now to help maintain optimal care for all patients.

    AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are joining together to urge eligible, healthy individuals to contact their local blood center and make an appointment to donate blood. Doing so is essential to maintaining the stability of the nation’s blood supply, which ensures life-saving medical treatments are available for patients.  

    To read more go to RedCross.org

    Today and through the coming months, blood collection organizations across the nation need the support and generosity of blood donors to help save lives. Please contact one of the following organizations to find a local blood collection site and to schedule an appointment to donate:

  • 09/08/2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Alongside partners, the Red Cross has mobilized hundreds of trained disaster workers and relief supplies to shelter and support thousands of people in evacuation shelters from Texas to Florida following Hurricane Ida.

    The American Red Cross is working around the clock across several western states to help people impacted by the massive wildfires which have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. The Red Cross is also actively helping people affected by additional wildfires in Oregon, Nevada and Montana. The National Interagency Fire Center reports 85 large fires currently burning, and 42,423 wildfires in the U.S.

    Haitian Red Cross teams are active in the wake of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which struck Haiti on August 14.  More than 700,000 were injured, thousands killed, and the island experienced severe damage to infrastucture. Haitian Red Cross staff and volunteers are responding alongside local authorities. The global Red Cross and Red Crescent network has activated its emergency response system and is identifying urgent needs on the ground, as well as, preventing and controlling the transmission of COVID-19 and guaranteeing access to water, hygiene and sanitation 

    Read current updates on Red Cross response to these and other disasters at https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/latest-news.html

    HOW YOU CAN HELP Support people affected by disasters like fires and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

  • 09/08/2021 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    The Afghan Red Crescent, the IFRC and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been active in Afghanistan for decades, providing aid such as medical care, clean water and humanitarian relief during armed conflicts.

    With the support of the IFRC, the Afghan Red Crescent is providing families who have lost their livelihoods due to one of the worst droughts in decades with cash grants to buy food supplies and to restore crops. And the ICRC, whose medical teams run physical rehabilitation centers in Afghanistan, treated more than 40,000 people wounded by weapons at ICRC-supported facilities in June, July and August. Wards are filled with children and young men and women who have lost limbs. Relief work will continue and the ICRC will support the Afghan people and help men, women and children cope with the unfolding situation and work with the Afghan Red Crescent Society to help those whose lives have been scarred by war.

    In the U.S.: Repatriation Efforts

    The American Red Cross has been asked to support the repatriation efforts for hundreds of people following the recent unrest in Afghanistan. As people arrive in Virginia, Red Cross workers are providing comfort and support including meals, hygiene kits, blankets and emotional support. The Red Cross and its government partners are also coordinating to provide additional services depending on the immediate needs of these families.

    If you are unable to locate a loved one or friend who has been impacted by the current events in Afghanistan, the Red Cross can help you locate them. To learn more, visit the Restoring Family Links website. Additional mental health support is available and we encourage people to reach out to the free 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline via phone or text (1-800-985-5990).

  • 09/08/2021 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    Currently, the American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants, and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Over the last three

    months, the Red Cross has distributed about 75,000blood products more than expected to meet these needs, significantly decreasing our national blood supply.

    As retired Red Crossers, you know that Red Cross is working around the clock to meet the extraordinary blood needs of hospitals and patients. But particularly during the Summer, meeting patient needs can be difficult. Patients who delayed elective surgery because of the pandemic in addition to emergency patient blood needs are straining the current blood supply. Red Cross needs all blood donors. All blood types are needed, particularly type O, as well as platelets, to help ensure patients get the care they need.

    Please schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible. You can make an appointment by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS

    Watch this video about the Summer Blood Shortage

    Click here for answers concerning COVID 19 and blood and platelet donations

  • 08/10/2021 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    With great regret the ARCOA Board and Council have voted to cancel the 2021 Annual Meeting/Convention in Salt Lake City, UT, planned for Sep 23-26.  The current high level of community transmission of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and the four-week forecast for the transmission to remain high in Salt Lake County, Utah, led us to make the health and safety of our members the priority.  The ARC Regional CEO, headquartered in Salt Lake City (boots on the ground), agrees that this is the best decision at this time. 

    For those of you who have already registered and/or have a hotel room:

    • You will be notified individually about ARCOA Registration refunds.

    • Hotel Reservations – you have two options:
        1.  You may keep your reservation at the same rate of $152/night (plus taxes and fees) if you still want to visit Salt Lake City;
        2.  You need to cancel your own reservation at Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek.

    • If you let me know that you are still going to SLC, I will send those names around to others still going.

      We are discussing ways to keep in touch with you from afar.

      We feel confident that we will be able to have the 2022 Convention in the Washington, DC, area, and can take part in the Korean War Memorial Re-Dedication on July 27, 2022.  We do not have a hotel contract yet, and we don’t know if we will have our meeting and Memorial Service before or after July 27th.  So, hold the week!

    Betsy Tanner
    ARCOA President

  • 08/09/2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    Symptoms of a silent heart attack

    Few people actually exhibit no symptoms. But signs of a heart attack can be muted or confused with other conditions. Here's what to look out for:

    1. Shortness of breath
    2. Weakness or fatigue
    3. A general feeling of unease or discomfort
    4. Sweating
    5. Nausea or vomiting
    6. Lightheadedness or dizziness
    7. Mild pain in the throat or chest
    8. Pain in the back or arms, like a sprained or pulled muscle

    Read more at AARP

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