Monthly Archives: July 2011

VIDEO: Swim Safe This Summer!

by Kevin Hagler

Atlanta Red Cross encourages you to have a safe summer of swimming! Included are some important tips and tricks for staying safe in and around the water for you and your family.

Make sure to sign up for CPR/AED courses at and water safety courses at your neighborhood county aquatic center.

Special thanks to:

Cobb Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs
Mountain View Aquatic Center

Atlanta Red Cross Launches Emergency Newsletter

Here at the Atlanta Red Cross, we’re always working on new ways to bring you the most important and valuable information. As such, we’ve decided to launch a free emergency newsletter that we’ll send out in case there are any critical events  that we think you should know about both here at the chapter and around Atlanta.

This newsletter will strictly be for those purposes alone and whatever information you provide will be protected. Emails will only be sent out as frequently as necessary because we know how much you hate getting spam messages (Don’t worry, we hate spam too).

You can sign up by clicking here or by copying and pasting the following url into your browser window,

Tonight is Last Night to Dine 4 Atlanta’s Red Cross

Eat for a good cause at the final Dine4RedCross event in Emory Village. Dine at Doc Chey’s Noodle House Emory Village and 15% of your dinner purchases will be donated to the American Red Cross and their relief efforts for the recent victims of the tornadoes and natural disasters. Dine4RedCross Wednesday Nights in July (5pm-close) Dine at one of the following restaurants & 15% of your bill will be donated to the Red Cross’s efforts to helping the victims of recent natural disasters.


Doc Chey’s: 1556 N. Decatur Rd. 404.378.8188

Saba: 1451 Oxford Road. 404.377.7786

Wonderful World Burgers: 1561 N. Decatur Rd. 404.373.8887

Event Organizer: HomeGrown Restaurant Concepts (Doc Chey’s & Osteria 832)

Red Cross and the Measles Initiative

            The world rejoiced in 2008, when it was announced that measles-related deaths had fallen by 78%. Finally, it seemed that one of the world’s most contagious diseases would be eradicated. However, the celebration would be short-lived. In the last few years, there have been increasing reports of measles cases in the US and around the world.

            The measles is caused by an air-borne virus which develops quickly among people and children whose immune systems are still delicate. Children suffer from rashes and high fevers that weaken their immune system and leave them vulnerable to more serious diseases and complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, and roseola.

            Since January of this year, the Centers for Disease Control have released reports warning travelers to get immunized, yet these warnings have largely gone unheeded. Candice Burns Hoffman from the CDC said that the USA is undergoing, “the highest number of measles cases since 1996.” Most of these cases are the result of travelers returning from overseas where measles is becoming more prevalent. 156 cases of the measles have been reported to the CDC in the US; 87% of those cases are from returning travelers from abroad.

 So how does the Red Cross help measles?

            In 2001, the International Red Cross partnered with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The United Nations Foundation, and The Centers for Disease Control in the Measles Initiative. The focus of this program is to eliminate measles in the developing world. In 2002, measles was declared inactive in most Western developed countries, and those countries were stewards to help eliminate measles through vaccinations in countries such as India, China, Liberia, Chad, Mali, and Indonesia. 

            The Red Cross is still supportive of this initiative; perhaps you will recall the Holiday Giving catalogue from this past Christmas. Inside the catalogue, the Measles Initiative promoted the mission of vaccinating children against the measles for $1 per child. This small donation provided a child with life saving inoculations against the measles, mumps, and rubella, as well as providing children with mosquito nets and vitamin A supplements to bolster efforts against contagious diseases.

             Since 2001, the Measles Initiative has administered vaccines to more than 700 million people and consequently reduced measles deaths by 78% globally. But after the global economic collapse, funding and support for vaccinations of all kinds were strained. As a result, the measles began to spread again. Rebecca Martin, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization’s office in Copenhagen, explained to the Associated Press in April, “There’s been a buildup of children who have not been immunized over the years. It’s almost like a threshold. When you have enough people who have not been immunized, then outbreaks can occur.”

             Between 2000 and 2008, an estimated 4.3 million deaths were prevented through programs developed by the Measles Initiative. With your help, the Red Cross can continue to lead the global fight against measles. For more information or donate to the cause, please the Measles Initiative at

Keep Cool While Atlanta’s In Heat

A heat wave has spread to nearly half the country as the Plains, the Midwest, and, of course, the Southeast undergoes record temperature levels in some areas. You can bet that Georgia is vulnerable as the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory for the peach state which lasts until Thursday.

The Red Cross offers expert advise on staying cool and safe:

Here are some easy tips for staying safe during heat waves, courtesy of Dr. David Markenson, chair, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. 

  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car – even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol that dehydrate the body.
  • Dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing in layers. Avoid dark colors that absorb the sun’s rays. 
  • If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool yourself. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. 
  • Protect your self from sun exposure even on cloudy or hazy days. In addition to dressing for heat, apply a broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen and reapply as indicated, wear eye protection (wraparound sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection) and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

 Additional heat safety tips are available on Learn how to prevent and treat heat-related illnesses by attending a Red Cross First Aid course. Contact your