Monday, December 13, 2010

WWHPD? (What Would Harry Potter Do?)

Yes, I know I am like three weeks late, but I was preoccupied with this dreadful winter cold, my Christmas shopping, and a week's worth of leftovers from Thanksgiving to spend three hours at the movie theater. However, while watching Harry Potter this weekend, I couldn't help but notice how "Red Cross Ready," Harry really was. So I figured I would enlighten you muggles on what you are missing, but how we here at the Ministry of the Red Cross can help!

With You-Know-Who on the loose, Harry Potter knows he needs to be prepared for disaster at all times—whether it is natural, man-made or death-eater induced. Lucky for him, he has the ultimate disaster kit.

Used with the right spell, Harry’s wand can serve a multitude of purposes including but not limited to:

  • Light source (Lumos)
  • Water producer (Aguamenti)
  • Scissors/Knife (Diffindo)
  • Fire creator (Incendio)
Wands can even serve as a personal nurse practitioner, showcasing impressive First Aid skills to combat even the worst curses:

  • Repairs injuries (Episkey)
  • Heimlich maneuver (Anapneo)
But even Harry Potter can’t tend to the sick or injured without proper training. Not to worry. Just because you didn’t get your Hogwarts letter doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. The Red Cross is here to help us muggles prepare for emergencies. Enroll in a Red Cross health and safety course today by calling 559-455-1000.

Also make sure you’re prepared for disaster by packing your kit ahead of time. For a full list of disaster kit items, go to

Before departing on a mission to save the wizarding world in “Deathly Hallows,” Harry packs up his basic needs along with a few special belongings. What special item(s) would you carry with you during a disaster? Post your comments below.

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