American Red Cross@americanredcross

The official Instagram account for the American Red Cross

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#Reposting @gemmacorrell -- "I’ve partnered with the @AmericanRedCross to help them reach their goal of installing 1 million free smoke alarms in at-risk homes across America. Join them in their goal to #EndHomeFires. To donate or volunteer to this great cause visit: SoundTheAlarm.org"


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A sniffer dog in #Iran helps with search-and-rescue following a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on the border with #Iraq. Red Crescent volunteers in both countries delivered lifesaving aid on Sunday night and are still aiding families impacted by the disaster.
In Iran, at least 430 people were killed and more than 7,000 injured by the #earthquake. In northern Iraq, the Red Crescent is reporting 10 people killed and more than 425 injured. As aftershocks continue, #RedCrescent teams are distributing relief supplies like tents, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene items, water, rice, and other food. #humanitarianism #dogsofinstagram 📸 by TASNIM


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Family reunion! Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Johnson, United States #MarineCorps, embraces his infant daughter Adysin after surprising his family at the new American Girl Store in New York City. Johnson is currently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. #VeteransDay #ServiceToArmedForces


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This Puerto Rican Korean War veteran received a birthday cake and much needed medications on his 94th birthday from the Red Cross Service to #ArmedForces (SAF) team. Luis F. Del Hoyo has had 5 strokes and was running out of his medication. He and his 94-year-old wife are still in their home in Caguas, #PuertoRico, without running water or electricity since #Hurricane #Maria struck the island on September 20. Their neighbors and son have been checking in on them. Their grandchildren are trying to bring them to Pennsylvania. “The hardest thing for us has been getting water,” explains Mrs. Del Hoyo. “Since I have Parkinson’s, and my husband is deaf, we can’t go out to stand in lines.” The #RedCross #volunteers left 3 cases of water to help the couple and will visit again. 📸 By Raiza Fonseca / American Red Cross #veteransday


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After 42 years of wedded bliss, Pedro Fuentes still wakes Migdalia Rodriguez up in the middle of the night just to say “I love you.” Serving their neighbors side-by-side as #RedCross #volunteers for 34 years “unites us, ties us more to each other, brings us closer,” says Pedro. “It’s true,” Migdalia agrees. She is the Red Cross Zone 8 Lead, in charge of ensuring services to six of the most impacted, mountainous municipalities in #PuertoRico in the wake of #HurricaneMaria. The couple visited every area possible to assess damages and prioritize Red Cross delivery to the affected towns. One tiny community of nine homes called “El Salto” haunted them. El Salto sits high on a mountain top with only a narrow path leading there. “I will never forget one woman, sitting in her home, the roof gone, and a far off look on her face,” recounts Pedro. “I went home that night and my heart hurt.” At Disaster Operations Headquarters, Pedro and Migdalia were heartened to learn that the Red Cross gave tarps and other supplies to the families in El Salto several weeks ago.


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Remember Typhoon Haiyan? The superstorm struck the #Philippines 4 years ago today. Its winds and rain took more than 6,000 lives—as well as homes, harvests, and schools. Janice lost her source of income, but has been able restart her #baking business thanks to the #RedCross.🍰🍩🎂 Generous donations enabled Red Cross teams to deliver lifesaving #aid in the storm’s aftermath and to continue helping survivors, like Janice, rebuild. We offered Janice an intensive baking course and a cash grant, which she used to buy an #oven and other essentials, like #cupcake molds.💥#yolanda #haiyan #humanitarianism #redcrescent #cruzroja #cupcakes


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In towns like Lares, #PuertoRico, the #RedCross is helping families reconnect with relatives overseas after #hurricanemaria via mobile hotspots. This family brought their tablet to the central plaza and was able to talk with their daughter. 📸 by Raiza Fonseca for American Red Cross


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Did you know that home fires claim more lives every year than all natural disasters combined? Our volunteers have been working diligently in neighborhoods across the country to install free smoke alarms and help keep families safe. Now, with the help of Wendy Williams, we’re excited to announce our 1 millionth smoke alarm installation! Watch at www.wendyshow.com to catch the full event. #EndHomeFires #sponsored


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Some of our friends from @NationalCartoonists recently participated in #CartoonistsDrawBlood, a #blooddrive in Washington, #DC. Local artists drew sketches for donors who came in to #giveblood. 📷: @joecarabeo_photography @astrayj


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Mmmm, pancakes. Thanks @drdancake for teaming up to help us #EndHomeFires.

#REGRAM: "Did you know that kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires? We've partnered with the @americanredcross to help them reach their goal of installing 1 million free smoke alarms in at-risk homes across America. Join them in their goal to #EndHomeFires. To donate or volunteer to this great cause visit: SoundTheAlarm.org"


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#Halloween Pro Tip: Use a non-flammable source of light, like a flashlight, to prevent your #pumpkin from catching on fire. #HappyHalloween #SafetyFirst


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In the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California, American #RedCross emergency response vehicle (ERV) hand out hot meals to residents after the deadly #California #wildfires. 📸 by Marko Kokic for the American Red Cross

Santa Rosa, California
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Keisha, age 5, fills her #water bottle at a tap provided by the Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on #Dominica. Since the storm struck, the #island has lacked clean water, food and materials for reconstruction. “I do believe that we will get through this eventually—with hard work we’ll be able to recover and come out even stronger afterwards. Any help we can get means the world to us at the moment,” says local resident Curvelle Lawrence. 💪🏽Dominica #RedCross teams have been working around the clock to provide #aid—and the American Red Cross deployed 5 disaster specialists and contributed $150,000 towards #Hurricane #Maria relief efforts on the island. 📸: Nina Svahn / Finnish Red Cross #CroixRouge #CruzRoja #RedCrescent #humanitarians


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Many lives have been turned upside-down by the #California #wildfires and our volunteers are there to make sure those affected like Christopher and his family have a safe place to stay, food to eat, and a shoulder to lean on as they cope with the aftermath of these deadly fires. 📷: Marko Kokic


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#RedCross volunteers from surrounding communities have answered the call to help their neighbors after the devastating #California #wildfires. These volunteers have assembled over 10,000 kits specifically designed for use after wildfires at warehouses in #SantaRosa and #Sacramento. 📷: Marko Kokic


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Maddy is a special needs teacher in the #Sonoma County School District where classes have been suspended since the #TubbsFire broke out and threatened most of #SantaRosa. She knew she wanted to help those affected by the fire, so she signed up to become a #RedCross #volunteer. She may have only been a volunteer for a week, but to the residents of the pet-friendly hall at the Sonoma Fairgrounds shelter, she is an old friend by now. 📸 by Marko Kokic for the American Red Cross


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Maggie was up on the evening of Sunday, October 8th, when she heard strong winds outside. Thinking there must be a thunderstorm in the area causing such strong winds, Maggie stepped outside to secure her lawn furniture. When she did not see rain, she reentered her home where nearly immediately she lost power. A few moments later, her smoke alarm began to sound - the first indication she received to get out of her home. The #wildfires that were quickly consuming the mountainside of #SantaRosa, #California, even out-ran the local government’s ability to warn residents to evacuate. When Maggie exited the front door of her home, she did not immediately evacuate. Seeing the glowing orange mountainside, she wanted to protect her home and began hosing down the roof. “When did you know to leave?” Maggie’s newly made friend, Louise asks. “When the ashes that were raining down were the size of my hand. So I grabbed the largest bag I had, threw Abby (her dog) in the bag so I could carry her better and my neighbor brought me to the evacuation shelter.” Yesterday, Maggie’s neighbor shared the devastating news that her home was a complete loss. Through such loss, Maggie continues to smile and laugh but also carries hope that she will be able to find a few precious pieces of china and a cherished necklace in the ashes when she is allowed to return. 📸 by Marko Kokic for the American Red Cross


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Nazriet and her family of five were alerted to encroaching #wildfires by an urgent phone call at 3 a.m. from a family friend. Fleeing with such urgency that they only had the clothes on their backs and no shoes, they came to the Finley Community Center - Red Cross shelter in Santa Rosa, #California. For now, they know their apartment building is still standing, but the impending high winds of the following days keeps the threat of more damage to the community alive. For now she says, “We are safe here.” And as such, Nazriet and her family plan to stay at the Red Cross shelter until they are allowed back into their community, and utilities are restored to residents. 📸 by Marko Kokic for the American #RedCross


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The #AmericanRedCross is in #California, providing shelter, food and comfort as residents cope with the deadliest week of wildfires in the state’s history. At the #Sonoma Fairgrounds – #RedCross #shelter, volunteer Michael speaks with Charles, a shelter resident. Michael has been a Red Cross volunteer for over 16 years and prides himself on being able to serve his local community that has now been tragically struck by a disaster. Just days ago, Michael was personally rescuing people as they fled from the #wildfires by transporting neighbors to evacuation centers a few miles away. 📸 by Marko Kokic for The American Red Cross


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Red Crosser Nicole Breitbach offers an update from St. Thomas on relief efforts after #hurricanes #Irma and #Maria. The Red Cross continues to work around the clock with government officials and disaster partners to help the hundreds of thousands of people in both #USVI and #PuertoRico who are in need. In this video, we’re partnering with the @salvationarmyus and @fema to provide meals for those in affected areas.


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Sabin Thapa moved from Nepal to #SantaRosa. During his last year of high school #RedCross volunteers came to his school and talked about the opportunities the Red Cross provided. Sabin joined us in May 2017 and is happy to be helping at the Red Cross Shelter at the Veteran's Hall in Santa Rosa. We are providing meals, health services, and comfort for those affected by the #wildfires in California. 📷: Virginia Becker


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Did you see today's @USAToday snapshot in the paper? Smoke alarms cut the risk of death by 50% in home fires. Find out more about home fire prevention by visiting redcross.org/homefires

#homefires #endhomefires #RedCross


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More than 100 #RedCross workers from around the world deployed to the #UnitedStates to help communities devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes— #Harvey, #Irma, and #Maria. We are truly grateful for this team effort in humanitarian response. #CruzRoja


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#RedCross volunteers distribute water, food and other basic necessities to families of #Barceloneta affected by #Hurricane #Maria. #PuertoRico
Photo by Sergio Rojas

#CruzRoja entrega agua, comida y otros articulos de primera necesidad a las familias de #Barceloneta afectadas por el #Huracán #María.


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American #RedCross #volunteers provide much needed support, medical attention, hot meals and water to those impacted by #Hurricane #Irma in Bonita Springs, #Florida. Almost two weeks after the hurricane made landfall, flooding is still impacting residents. 📸 by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross


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In #Adjuntas, #PuertoRico, American #RedCross #volunteers distribute water, food and other basic necessities to families affected by #Hurricane #Maria. 📸 by Sergio Rojas for the American Red Cross

Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, #CruzRoja Americana entrega agua, comida y otros articulos de primera necesidad a las familias de Adjuntas afectadas por el #Huracán María.


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#RedCross staff and volunteers who set up mobile satellites in #PuertoRico saw tears of happiness and joy as they helped people reconnect with mothers, fathers, grandparents, and siblings. The three short words "I am alive" ease the minds of distraught loved ones half a globe away.
By setting up mobile satellites, the Red Cross is helping #PuertoRicans to reconnect with loved ones, inform family members of their safety, charge their phones, and access information on the internet. The technology also helps aid workers to coordinate relief efforts on an island where infrastructure and telecommunications networks are badly damaged. As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and #RedCrescent teams help reconnect families separated by international crises. #CruzRoja #CroixRouge 📷: Colin Chaperon


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More than 560 #RedCross trained disaster workers are supporting relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following hurricanes #Irma and #Maria. Since the impact of both disasters, Red Cross workers in Puerto Rico have assisted hundreds of families with necessities such as clothing, shoes, food and medicine. The #RedCross has also distributed more than 14,400 relief supplies; provided 5,400 meals and snacks; and, provided health services and emotional support to families and evacuees.


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The #RedCross supplies our hospital partners in #PuertoRico with blood products collected in the continental U.S. Here, members of the Massachusetts Red Cross, Costa Rican and Colombian Red Cross, as well as responders from the New York City Fire Department help load Red Cross boxes of blood and platelets at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport bound for hospitals on the island. While transportation logistics remain tremendously challenging both on and off the island following #Hurricane #Maria, the Red Cross has managed to deliver blood and platelets to Puerto Rico since landfall. The need for blood is constant and we are grateful to our dedicated donors who roll up a sleeve to help their fellow American citizens.


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Disaster responders in Puerto Rico work by #flashlight as they plan further #aid distribution on the island. We're working alongside partners to distribute ready-to-eat meals & water, in addition to other aid and helping reconnect separated family members. 🔦 We have been joined in #PuertoRico, Texas, and Florida by #RedCross teams from around the world, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Honduras, Israel, Mexico, and Spain. Delivering on our #humanitarian mission in the wake of three hurricanes has been a true team effort. #cruzroja #rødekors 📸 by Colin Chaperon


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