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Coast Guard Auxiliary: Semper Paratus

When the Toledo area was alerted to the water crisis, the Coast Guard Auxiliary put in motion an emergency alert program within their unit. The Everbridge system notified members of the unit by text, phone and e-mail of situations and all who were available were directed to respond on Sunday to the Red Cross headquarters located at 3100 Central in Toledo. For three days, 35 to 40 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, under the command of Commodore Llornes Chenevert,  loaded trucks and delivered water to homebound individuals. On the  third day of the operation, the unit provided security operations and created disaster safety awareness packets.

Fairchild and Pam

Linda Fairchild and Pam Schwarzkopf

Commodore Chenevert

Commodore Chenevert

The units responding came primarily from Southeast Michigan and the Ohio Metro Toledo divisions of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The members of these units are all volunteers and range from 17 years of age to retirement. Many are veterans of various branches of the military but that is not a prerequisite for membership. You must be of age, a US citizen and pass a background check. The first year new members must take a series of classes including boating safety, health, and ethics as foundations for their training and work responsibilities.


Members creating disaster safety awareness packets


When not respondingto disasters and emergencies, the Auxiliary’s primary function is boating safety. This is accomplished by teaching the public boating safety classes, doing safe boat inspections, and providing patrols during heavy boating activities such as regattas and firework events. There is also an air wing of the unit that is manned by members with their personal planes.

Nelson and Bresnan

Nelson and Bresnan

Wunder and Cartlidge

Wunder and Cartlidge

We would like to thank Commodore Chenevert and his members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for the professionalism and great attitude shown during a time of need.

– This blog entry was written by Disaster Workforce volunteer Dave Morrow


100 days of summer; 100 days of hope

We’re kicking off the summer with 100 days of Summer; 100 days of Hope. Through September 1, we’re looking for people to give blood, become a Red Cross volunteer, take a class, or donate funds. No matter which way you choose to help out, you will be making a difference!


Giving back to the community


We’d like to give a special shout out to the folks at MRops for their support of our Services to the Armed Forces!

They’re partnering with us this summer to help military members and veterans in our community and abroad. On Friday, May 23, they joined other Red Cross volunteers to place flags on the graves of veterans at Woodlawn Cemetery

“[We] focus on giving back to the community that we work in. It’s a really good way to give back and recognize the troops that fight for our freedom.” – Katie LaMere, PM Team Lead

Leading up to the  event, employees at the company collected donation items for our service men and women oversees.

Thanks for your support!

Choose your own adventure

Have you heard about the new American Red Cross Advanced Child Care Training course? The next step up from our Babysitter’s Course, it’s geared for sitters, nannies, au pairs and caregivers 16 and older. It’s what we call a blended learning course – meaning part of the learning takes place online and the rest in-person.

Screen Shot - ACCT - ScenarioFor the first time, we’re featuring a “choose your own adventure” format (remember those???!!), where participants role play different scenarios and pick the best course of action depending upon the challenges in front of them.

Screen Shot - ACCT - click-and-learn 2Plus, the graphics are really cool and learning with games is much more fun, right? 🙂

Screen Shot - ACCT - Family PageSign up today!

And the award goes to…

Lawrence and Pearlia Kynard have been volunteers for nearly a decade. Together, they’ve traveled the country, responding to fires, floods, and tornadoes from California to Louisiana and back again. They also serve locally as members of the Lucas County Disaster Action Team. As Team Leaders, they mentor new volunteers and are always available to assist when disasters strike. They even help out with special events like our annual Oscar Night or anywhere else we need them.

Because of their efforts, we’re proud to announce the Kynards won Medical Mutual’s Exemplary Senior Volunteer of the Year Award in the Silver category. Congratulations!

We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. Sign up to be one today!

The Robello Family

The Andover tornado is something that Kathy Robello’s family will never forget. In 1991, the tornado swept through their house in Derby, Kansas.

“Here’s the crawl space, the hole- that’s what saved our life” said Kathy.

Kathy and her family were left with nothing and had nowhere to go. The American Red Cross was immediately there to help. It is something that the Robello family will forever be grateful for.

Delivering Hope in The Tragic City

Birmingham, Alabama is full of heavy hearts after an outbreak of flooding and tornadoes tore through several communities Monday, April 28. Although “The Tragic City” is still recovering from the devastation, more hope and help is on the way.

Kim_1Kimberly Lemke, a volunteer and Disaster Action Team member for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, boarded a plane this morning to provide help and assistance to affected families. This is Kimberly’s 12th deployment as a volunteer and she will join other Red Cross volunteers from across the nation for around a period of around two weeks. She will help organize volunteers, make certain everyone is in the right place where they can help the most, ensure families have a place to stay, help with damage assessment, and more.

“I don’t think you can see a disaster like this and not want to help,” said Kimberly in an interview with The Toledo Blade.

This will be Kimberly’s second trip to Alabama in disaster recovery having previously visited Tuscaloosa in 2011 after their tornado tragedies took place. The Toledo native has also helped out previously with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Irene, and started her volunteer services on 9/11. We wish her safe travels and look forward to her assistance to the families of Birmingham.

You can help those affected now by donating online, calling 1 800 RED CROSS, texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or mailing a donation form.

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