Tornadoes in Southeaster Virginia – (reposted from Red Cross Chat)

April 30, 2008

Below is a post from Red Cross Chat – in case you missed it regarding what the Red Cross is doing in Virginia after the tornado.

Tornadoes in Southeastern Virginia


Photos from the Virginia Tornado

April 29, 2008

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New Rock’n for the RED 30 Second Mini-Movie

April 22, 2008

Thanks again to everyone involved, including Prairie Soul Studios.

Look for it to air on TV soon!

Last week’s tremors not so uncommon; Enact safety precautions to protect your friends and family

April 21, 2008

Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning. Earthquakes can occur at any time of the year and at any time of the day or night. On a yearly basis, 70 to 75 damaging earthquakes occur throughout the world. Estimates of losses from a future earthquake in the United States approach $200 billion. Forty-five states and territories in the United States are at moderate to very high risk of earthquakes, and they are located in every region of the country. California has experienced the most frequent damaging earthquakes; however, Alaska has experienced the greatest number of large earthquakes—many of which caused little damage because of the area’s low population density at the time.

The most widely felt sequence of earthquakes in the contiguous 48 states was along the New Madrid Fault in Missouri, where a three-month long series of quakes from 1811 to 1812 included three with estimated magnitudes of 7.6, 7.7, and 7.9 on the Richter Scale. These earthquakes were felt over the entire eastern United States, with Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi experiencing the strongest ground shaking.

Much of the damage caused by earthquakes is predictable and preventable. We must all work together in our communities to apply our knowledge to enact and enforce up-to-date building codes, retrofit older unsafe buildings, and avoid building in hazardous areas, such as those prone to landslides. We must also look for and eliminate hazards at home, where our children spend their days, and where we work. And we must learn and practice what to do if an earthquake occurs.

If you are at risk from earthquakes, you should:

  • Discuss with members of your household the possibility of earthquakes and what to do to stay safe if one occurs. Knowing how to respond will help reduce fear.
  • Pick “safe places” in each room of your home and your office or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture, such as a sturdy table or desk, or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you
  • Practice drop, cover, and hold on in each safe place. Drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, and hold on to a leg of the furniture. If suitable furniture is not nearby, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed.
  • Talk with your insurance agent about earthquake protection. Different areas have different requirements for earthquake protection. Study the locations of active faults, and, if you are at risk, consider purchasing earthquake insurance.
  • Inform guests, babysitters, and caregivers of earthquake plans. Everyone in your home should know what to do if an earthquake occurs, even if you are not there at the time.

For general preparedness, every household should create and practice a Family Disaster Plan and assemble and maintain a Disaster Supplies Kit. In addition, every household should take earthquake specific precautions and plan and practice what to do in the event of an earthquake. For more information on disaster preparedness feel free to contact the Rock River Chapter at: (815) 963-8471 or

Business Leader, Nonprofit Volunteer to Head the American Red Cross

April 9, 2008

Gail J. McGovern, a successful business executive and proven nonprofit fundraiser, was today named President and CEO of the American Red Cross. McGovern, who held top management positions at AT&T Corporation and Fidelity Investments, has experience running large organizations in competitive industries, and a track record for improving business performance and service delivery to the public. Currently, she teaches marketing at the Harvard Business School.

“Gail McGovern brings outstanding leadership skills from the private sector, coupled with a deep commitment to volunteerism,” said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the Board of the Red Cross. “With a passion for our noble mission and the people we serve, Gail will ensure excellence in all areas of Red Cross service. On behalf of the entire Board of Governors, who voted unanimously to approve her selection, we warmly welcome Gail to the American Red Cross family.”

“It is an honor to be asked to lead the American Red Cross, the helping hand to so many people in times of disaster and crisis,” said McGovern. “I am humbled and inspired by this incredible humanitarian network of thousands of volunteers, workers, and supporters serving their neighbors in communities across our Nation and world. I look forward to joining them and am committed to the long-term growth and success of the Red Cross and its life-saving mission.”

McGovern has been recognized twice by Fortune magazine as one of the most powerful and influential women in corporate America. She spent 24 years (1974-1998) at AT&T where she began as a computer programmer and rose through the ranks to the second largest job in AT&T, Executive Vice President of the Consumer Markets Division. In that position, she had direct responsibility for residential long distance and internet services, servicing 75 million customers, generating $26 billion in revenue and overseeing 40,000 employees.

Joining Fidelity Investments in 1999, McGovern oversaw all retail distribution channels in 85 locations. A year later, she became President of Fidelity Personal Investments and was responsible for 4.5 million customers, $500 billion in assets, and 10,000 employees.

McGovern became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in June 2002. In 2007, she was appointed to the chaired position of the MBA Class of 1996 Professor of Management Practice and teaches in the MBA and Executive programs.

Over the years, much of her volunteer time has been devoted to nonprofit fundraising. As a member of the Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Campaign Executive Committee at The Johns Hopkins University, McGovern and her colleagues kicked off a $2 billion, seven-year campaign. The development team exceeded that goal two years ahead of schedule and has now increased the goal to $3.2 billion.

Her fundraising activities also include events for Children’s Hospital Boston, Dana Farber, and the United Way of Boston. She also serves on two for-profit boards: the Board of Directors of Hartford Financial Group and DTE Energy.

Born in 1952, McGovern received her Bachelor of Arts in Quantitative Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University in 1974. She received an MBA from Columbia University in 1987. She currently resides in Boston with her husband and 18 year old daughter.

McGovern will start with the American Red Cross on June 23, taking over from Mary S. Elcano, who is serving as Acting President and CEO. Ms. Elcano will return to her position as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In addition, the Red Cross recently announced that Jeffrey T. Towers, a veteran fundraiser with more than 25 years experience in the non-profit sector, will become Chief Development Officer for the organization. In this role, Towers will be responsible for the overall fundraising efforts of the charity.

Looking for a career at the Red Cross? Preparedness & Response Manager Needed at Rock River Chapter

April 7, 2008

Preparedness & Response Manager

  • Provide coordination and support for chapter’s emergency response systems and personnel for both small and large-scale disasters. Effectively manage all disaster planning, preparedness, education, response and Homeless Shelter activities. Ensure provision and staff support of daytime Disaster Action Team response, the Chapter’s capability to respond to disasters after hours and weekends and support the staff with client casework management. Maintain inventory and restocking of emergency response materials and supplies. Serve as Emergency Homeless Shelter support and liaison.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Two years experience in emergency services or community services related work. Experience working closely with volunteers strongly desired. Strong computer skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • This position reports directly to the Emergency Services Director.
  • Bi-Lingual in Spanish is desired but not required.

Click the link below for the full job description and who to contact:

Compression-Only CPR Frequently Asked Questions from the Red Cross

April 3, 2008

Q. What is Compression-Only CPR?

A. Compression-Only CPR is giving continuous chest compressions (approximately 100 compressions per minute) without giving rescue breaths.

Q. When should Compression-Only CPR be used?

A. Based on scientific evidence, the American Red Cross supports Compression-Only CPR (continuous chest compressions) as an effective alternative when:

  • a bystander is unwilling, unable, untrained or unsure how to perform full CPR (cycles of chest compressions and rescue breaths) and;
  • a bystander has witnessed the sudden collapse of an adult.

Q. When should Compression-Only CPR not be used?

A. Compression-Only CPR should not be used for infants and children, for an adult whose sudden collapse is not witnessed or when a respiratory emergency may have caused the cardiac arrest.

Q. Is “Compression-Only CPR” the same as “Hands-Only CPR?”

A. Yes. The Red Cross uses the term “Compression-Only CPR” while the American Heart Association (AHA) uses “Hands-Only CPR.” The technique is the same – giving continuous chest compressions (approximately 100 compressions per minute) without giving rescue breaths.

Q. Do the Red Cross and AHA agree on the recommendations for Compression-Only CPR?

A. Yes. Both Red Cross and AHA hope that Compression-Only CPR will save lives by encouraging bystanders who witness the sudden collapse of an adult to get involved and have someone call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number and then start giving continuous chest compressions until help arrives or the adult shows obvious signs of life (normal breathing or movement).

Q. Do people still need to take traditional CPR courses?

A. The Red Cross encourages everyone to learn traditional or full CPR (cycles of chest compressions and rescue breaths). There are emergency situations where a person shows no signs of life (normal breathing or movement) and may benefit from full CPR. Many individuals will still need to take training that includes full CPR such as those who take CPR training for certification to meet federal, state and local requirements, lay responders in workplaces who have a duty to respond, or those who care for infants and children.

Q. What about professional rescuers?

A. Compression-Only CPR does not affect Red Cross professional rescuer level CPR/AED training programs.

Q. Do you use an AED if performing Compression-Only CPR?

A. Yes. An automated external defibrillator (AED) should be used as soon as it becomes available – regardless of whether or not the sudden collapse was witnessed. The device will not cause additional harm to the victim and will not defibrillate unless a shockable rhythm is detected.

Q. What should I do if I am trained in full CPR, do not have a duty to respond and witness the sudden collapse of an adult?

A. If you are trained in full CPR, do not have a duty to respond and you witness the sudden collapse of an adult – have someone call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. If you are comfortable doing so, give full CPR. If you are not comfortable do so, giving Compression Only CPR is an effective alternative. Continue compressions until help arrives or the adult shows obvious signs of life (normal breathing or movement).

Q. What should I do if I am trained in full CPR, have a duty to respond and witness the sudden collapse of an adult?

A. If you are trained in full CPR, have a duty to respond and you witness the sudden collapse of an adult – have someone call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Perform the skills according to your level of training.