Category Archives: Preparedness and Safety

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


Are you prepared?


Picture this: You are outside in your backyard enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. Suddenly the sky becomes dark and gloomy. It begins to hail and the tornado sirens go off. Do you know what to do?

Tornadoes can strike anywhere, at any time, and the best time to get ready is before the weather turns bad.

Here are the top 6 ways to prepare for a tornado:

  1. Know your community’s warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados.
  2. Practice tornado drills from time to time so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado were to strike.
  3. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement where everyone can go during a tornado.
  4. Prepare for high winds by removing damaged limbs from trees.
  5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind .
  6. Download our FREE tornado app.

To learn (MORE) about tornado safety, click here.



Hire Me!

Do you want to take your child care experience to the next level but don’t know how? Well we have a solution for you: The American Red Cross Advanced Child Care Training Course!

This blended learning course offers part of the training online, and the rest in the classroom with a Red Cross expert. Learn things like caring for an infant, appropriate play for different ages, dealing with emergencies, and much more.

After completing the course, you’ll also get a 2 year certificate in Advanced Child Care Training AND Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. WOW!

Take the next step and register today.

¿Hablas español?

Did we know that we have added a Spanish language feature to the apps that include simple lifesaving information that will help keep families safe?

Spanish Apps

Included in the new language change are the First Aid, Hurricane, Earthquake, Tornado, Wildfire, and Flood apps. Our First Aid app gives you instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies, while the five disaster preparedness apps give you local and real-time information for severe weather or disaster threats.

Another awesome feature – all six of them offer pre-loaded content ensuring that Red Cross guidance is available anytime, anywhere – even if internet connection is unavailable. It certainly comes in handy when tornado warnings go off in the middle of the night!

Download yours now and tell us what you think of them in the comments.

Download Me

Summer is finally here! It is the perfect time to download our mobile apps to put lifesaving information at your fingertips before the next emergency arises. Emergencies can happen quickly and at times giving someone only minutes to react. Planning ahead, such as downloading these apps, can help keep households safe and save lives.

Our apps range from swim all the way to pet first aid plus almost all of them are free. What a steal! Be sure to download our apps today. You will NOT be disappointed!




Red White and Blue

4th of July-Flag

This Fourth of July weekend, many of you will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks. Yay fireworks!! We’d like to offer these tips for you to follow to keep you holiday weekend fun AND safe.  🙂


  1. Buckle seat belts, observe speed limits.
  2. Do not drink and drive.
  3. Pay full attention to the road – don’t use a cell phone to call or text.
  4. Use caution in work zones.
  5. Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night. Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.


  1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.


  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  2. Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

What are YOUR travel tips for a fun and safe time? Post them in the comments!

To the rescue

Did you know lightning injures 300 people and causes 80 fatalities each year ?

People struck by lightning can suffer permanent injuries or long-term symptoms including memory loss, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, irritability, weakness, fatigue, depression and others.

If someone is struck by lightning, check for burns and other injuries. If the person has stopped breathing, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR. The Red Cross First Aid App can help you know how to respond to these life threatening circumstances too. Download it today!

Learn how you can stay safe during these dangerous storms.