Thursday, June 26, 2014

Prepare-aphernalia: Emergency Water In A Can!

Pop Quiz:
How much water should you have in your home emergency kit?
When was the last time you checked the expiration date on your emergency water supply?

Were you able to answer these questions correctly? Many people already know that the Red Cross recommends storing one gallon of water, per person, per day for three days as part of a home emergency kit. But many more may not realize that their water supply could be expired!

What’s the solution to this drinking dilemma? One California business has the answer. World Grocer has developed Emergency Canned Drinking Water with a shelf life of 30+ years.

The makers of this life-saving resource have donated 67 pallets of the specialized canned drinking water to the American Red Cross Central Valley Region for drought relief efforts. Because of California’s historic drought conditions, the local Red Cross expects to see a record number of drought emergencies this year. So it’s more important than ever this summer to make sure you include water as part of your emergency kit.

Check out this video to learn more:

What else is in your emergency kit? Tell us in the comments!

Jessica Piffero
Regional Director of Communications

Monday, June 9, 2014

Vine Your Support for World Refugee Day!

The American Red Cross and its partners invite you to join in celebrating this year's World Refugee Day on Friday, June 20!

For World Refugee Day, the Red Cross is having a Vine Your Support contest. Participating in the contest is easy!

Just post a Vine sharing why and/or how you support refugees worldwide and in your local community. Then, send us an email linking to your entries. The winning entries will then be reposted on the Restoring Family Links Twitter the week of World Refugee Day and shared during the World Refugee Day event.

The deadline for entries is Sunday, June 15.

Needs some Vine inspiration? Here's some tips!
  • Try filling in the blank:
    • I support refugees because _______.
    • I support my local refugee community by _______.
    • I celebrate World Refugee Day to/because _______.
    • World Refugee Day is important because _______.
  • Use this year's themes:
    • One family forced to flee is too many (UNHRC)
    • Celebrating our identities (SWRC)
  • Show your involvement with your local Red Cross chapter or refugee community
  • Check out some other Vines to inspire ideas
  • Don't be afraid to get creative!

Each contestant is allowed a maximum of 5 submissions. And remember, the deadline is this Sunday, so get your Vines submitted to before June 15!

Click here to learn more about Restoring Family Links.

Good luck!

Jessica Piffero
Regional Director of Communications