American Red Cross Newsletter


August 2020




Storm season and what you should know
Red Cross Response to Hurricane Isaias
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen Hurricane Douglas endanger the Hawaiian Islands, Hurricane Hanna produce flash flooding in Texas and Hurricane Isaias threaten Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern U.S. coast. It’s important to take precautions against storms and their side effects, such as flooding and landslides. From listening to your local news stations to having an evacuation plan, know what steps to take to keep you and your loved ones safe. Learn more about how to prepare for storms.


Talking about a silent disorder
PTSD Awareness
Service members and veterans are two of the most vulnerable populations when it comes to stress-related illnesses. That’s why the American Red Cross offers services to help these communities deal with disorders like PTSD, offering important guidance on how to cope with everyday stressors and take control of their mental health -- before, during and after deployment. Learn more about PTSD and the services we provide to combat it in “PTSD Awareness Day: Talking About a Silent Disorder.”


& Updates
Lifesaving training
Lifesaving training during a pandemic


Do you know how to save a life? What about during a pandemic? Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED instructor, Manny Perez, has been teaching in the Tampa Bay, Florida area throughout the current pandemic, in compliance with public health and Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council guidance. "The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to change the way we think and act," he said. He points out how the Red Cross has implemented new ways to safely interact with students, including blended learning, virtual skills training and virtual testing. We applaud Manny for his essential and lifesaving work!
Luke Bryan meet and greet
When you make a donation of $10 or more!


Find out how you can support those in need and have a chance to win a one-on-one virtual meet & greet with country music superstar and American Idol host Luke Bryan! From August 10 to 14, when you make a donation of $10 or more, you’ll have a chance to win one of 50 one-minute virtual sessions with Luke himself! Click here to learn more about how to donate and enter.



Intercross: The Podcast is the official podcast of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the US and Canada. With more than 100 episodes, Intercross aims to highlight the human element behind conflict. The conversations include humanitarian profiles, operational updates, policy, and legal debates for a community of listeners across the globe. Episodes are available on Soundcloud, iTunes, and Spotify.

In this episode, they speak with Linda MacIntyre, chief nurse of the American Red Cross about the history of nursing at the American Red Cross, the role of nurses today and how they are helping on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Support at Work
Plasma donor
Meet George, a recovered COVID-19 patient


George is a dentist and father from Columbus, Ohio. After vacationing in Florida, George became ill and was diagnosed with COVID-19. When he recovered several difficult weeks later, he became aware of a new initiative to help treat critically ill COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma transfusions from donors who are fully recovered from the coronavirus. A few days later, he was able to donate his plasma with the Red Cross. “It’s a pretty easy thing to do for something that is so in need,” said George. Through August, is thanking all generous blood donors with a $5 Amazon Gift Card. You can learn more about this lifesaving initiative here.


Thank you to our partner AmazonSmile
Thank you to our partner AmazonSmile for giving Red Cross supporters the opportunity to give back while they shop. Already an AmazonSmile customer? Red Cross supporters can generate donations with every eligible AmazonSmile purchase when they enable AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app.
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Gail McGovern
McGovern, President and CEO American Red


At the Red Cross, preparedness is always on our minds, and that’s especially true now. As hurricane and wildfire seasons continue during the summer months, the communities we serve are also coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our dedicated volunteers and workers have been trained to handle disaster situations with coronavirus safety in mind. First responders have the masks and personal protective equipment they need to stay healthy and keep communities safe. Our disaster response center has gone virtual and responds to crises across the country 24/7. These adjustments are no small feat, and we’re so grateful for your support that has made it all possible. Thanks to the talent, innovation, and compassion of our Red Cross community, we’re ready for whatever lies ahead.


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