Thursday, March 5, 2015

Repost: Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips

This post was originally posted on the Red Cross National Blog on January 6, 2015. Stay safe & warm out there today!


Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips
Posted on January 6, 2015 by Sarah Layton

As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.


  1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
  2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
  4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
  7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
  8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
  10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.


For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, review winter storm safety tips on RedCross.org.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Forth - Do Something Day

by Carmen Wright, volunteer contributor
 
March Fourth is Do Something Day, and we encourage you to let that something be volunteering. Why volunteer? Well, aside from helping someone else, volunteering can actually benefit your health and personal development.

In an article for Harvard Health Publications, editor Stephanie Watson outlines some of the benefits of volunteering:

•    Improves mental health because you feel socially connected.
•    Lowers blood pressure, either because it incorporates physical activities or because it reduces stress.
•    Helps you live longer because of improved health.

Maybe you think you're too busy to volunteer. Well, volunteering can also help your personal and professional development. This great TED talk by Tuan Nguyen shares some great examples of incorporating volunteer activities with work. According to Nguyen, volunteering can help you:

•    Learn gratitude.
•    Find passion.
•    Improve your creativity.
•    Become more efficient by learning to maximize resources.
•    Improve your confidence, which helps you gain leadership skills.

But whether you benefit physically, mentally, or professionally, the key to volunteering is to make your motivations genuinely altruistic. By focusing on helping someone else, you create positive energy that affects everyone around you, including yourself.

So march forth, and be good to yourself by being good to others! Learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Red Cross.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Young Humanitarians Making a Difference Through Red Cross Clubs

by Amy Yen, Regional Marketing Program Manager, American Red Cross North Texas Region

The Allen High School Red Cross Eagles
raise funds for disaster relief at their games.

Did you know there's a great way for students to support the Red Cross and make a difference in their community?

Red Cross Clubs, like the one at Allen High School, help the Red Cross by preparing their community for disasters, hosting blood drives, supporting military members and participating in service projects. The Allen High School Red Cross Eagles did an awesome job raising funds for disaster relief at their high school games.

Starting a Red Cross Club at your elementary school, middle school, high school or college is easy. We have toolkits and checklists to help you get started, and the Red Cross Volunteer Services team is here to support you. Visit RedCross.org/DFW to learn how to get started.

Thank you to all the young humanitarians who are giving their time through Red Cross Clubs! Your generosity and compassion is inspiring!  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Driving Safe in Winter Weather

It's been a snowy, slushy, icy, gross week in DFW. During bad weather, we always encourage people to avoid unnecessary travel if possible, but if you must drive, please do so carefully! Follow these helpful tips from our friends at the National Weather Service!


If you know you have to head out in hazardous conditions, put an emergency kit in your car, just in case! Here's a reminder of what should go in your emergency car kit.

Stay warm & dream of spring!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Repost: A Winter Emergency Car Kit Review

This post was originally posted on the Red Cross National Blog on February 11, 2015. In light of the anticipated hazardous driving conditions expected due to our current winter storm warning, we thought it'd be a good time to share it.


What's in Your Car? A Winter Emergency Kit Review

Growing up in Georgia, the occasional snow/ice storm was a treat. It meant no school and time to play outside, sit inside and catch up on movies and TV shows or sleep. Fast forward to adult life and living in Washington, D.C., I’ve found snow days aren’t the way they used to be. When I moved here, I realized people in fact still function when snow/ice happens because of an abundance of salt trucks and snowplows.

It wasn’t until I started working at the Red Cross that I realized I need to be prepared. Prepared in my home, my workplace and yes, even in my car. I realized when I commuted on roads in wintery conditions, it was silly (and sort of stupid) to not have a winter weather kit in my car. So now, for the times when I do have to head into work, I’ve taken measures to make sure I have everything I need. Like, who knew you needed cat litter or sand in your car to make sure you can get out of a slick spot? Not this Georgia girl!

THE LIST
For those that say, “Nah, I don’t need that! I’ve got a snow scraper and four-wheel drive!” I’ve got news for you — think again! Make sure you at the very least have these things in the back of your car to keep you safe during winter months:

  1. Cell phone car charger
  2. Flashlight with extra batteries
  3. Blanket and/or emergency Mylar blanket
  4. Fleece hat, gloves, scarf
  5. Sand or cat litter
  6. Ice scraper and snow brush
  7. First aid kit
  8. Hand-crank weather radio

PRO TIPS

Once you have your car kit assembled, there are some extra handy tips to help take winter preparedness to the next level. Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council member Jim Judge has two additional tips in a new article:

  • Keep emergency car kit in your back seat, so you can access it if your trunk freezes closed.
  • Put batteries in backward to conserve battery power (and then, of course, remember to switch them back when you need to use it).


For a complete list of other ideas for your car kit, check out this handy emergency kit list.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Loving the Fur Babies on Love Your Pet Day

by Carol Grinage, volunteer contributor
 


Ladybird prefers crosswords.  
In honor of Love your Pet Day, Friday, February 20, we'd like to share with everyone our new partnership with an organization that enables us to give the fur babies in our lives love after a disaster too.

Let's face it. In spite of the fact that they're messy, noisy and sometimes mischievous (see photo evidence), pet owners wouldn't trade their 4-legged friends for anything. But when disasters strike, such as home fires, it's pets that are often left without help. What are people supposed to do when their pets need food? This is where Don’t Forget to Feed Me steps in.

On a daily basis, Don’t Forget to Feed Me is an organization that helps pet owners who cannot provide for their animals to receive food and supplies. But recently, their mission expanded when we teamed up together.

In January, Don’t Forget to Feed Me delivered 500 “Pet Comfort Kits” to the American Red Cross. The kits will be placed in disaster relief trucks. These kits contain a retractable food dish, pet food, leash, squeaky toy, and treats. When Red Cross workers respond to a home fire and the family also includes pets, volunteers will provide a Pet Comfort Kit to the owner. On average, Red Cross teams in DFW help five families every day.

For more than a century, American Red Cross workers have taken care of disaster victims by providing safe shelter, new clothing and groceries. Now, we can do even more. And our response volunteers already report what a big difference the kits make for pet owners, no longer worried about where fido or fluffy's next meal will come from either. On this Love Your Pet Day, we salute pet owners everywhere, and our newest partner, Don't Forget to Feed Me.

Show your Pet Day love by posting a photo of the creature in your life, and if you'd like, you can use hashtag #LoveYourPetDay.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras Survival Guide


by Lisa Morgan, Communications Associate, American Red Cross North Texas Region

Mardi Gras is here and we thought we'd offer a guide of sorts to help all Carnival participants near and far enjoy the festivities.

Just like in life, one should always start with a plan. So plan ahead. Plan which parades you're going to attend and a safe route to and from the parade, remember to consume beverages in moderation, as bathrooms are a little scarce along the parade routes. Keep some hand sanitizer or the cleaning wipes with you so you can keep your hands nice and clean. You definitely don’t want to catch a cold or flu after having a good time.

Mardi Gras is the season of excess and one person's excess can be another's crazy, so embrace the craziness. There are but a few times in life when we can let go and embrace abandon and this is surely one of them.  If the craziness is just too much and there is a need for psychological first aid, the Red Cross has that covered.

Go with the flow, move with the crowd and not against it. Always use caution when crossing streets and don't come out suddenly from between cars.

Dress up, besides Halloween how many times a year can you truly justify being in costume. Just be cognizant of the weather and the fact that you will be in costume for hours.

Find the perfect spot to watch the parades. It’s best if your hands are free and not occupied so when you yell “throw me something, Mister,” you can safely and confidently catch the beads or trinkets.

Remember to hydrate a cool morning can lead to a balmy afternoon. Just incorporate a few of the summer safety tips: sunscreen, lip balm, a hat and drinking water.

Download the first aid app because, well, with a host of people, anything can happen and it is better to be prepared than not!!


Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll!

Monday, February 16, 2015

President Obama: Honorary Chairman


by Catherine Carlton, volunteer contributor
It started with a tweet.
And has expanded to honorary chair of the American Red Cross.
President Barack Obama sent his first-ever tweet at the American Red Cross and now serves as the organizations honorary chair.
In this capacity, President Obama’s duties include appointing the chairman of the Board of Governors and designating members of his Administration to serve on the Red Cross Cabinet Council. As honorary chair, the President’s signature is on the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit National Lifesaving Award, the organization’s highest award for people who have used the skills they learned in Red Cross courses to help save or sustain a life.
President Obama’s involvement was enhanced during the earthquake in Haiti. He hit “send” on a Red Cross tweet about his visit to the Disaster Operations Center in Washington, D.C. It was his first activity in Twittersphere.
The relationship between the American Red Cross and the federal government is unique. The Red Cross is an independent entity that is organized and exists as a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable institution pursuant to a charter granted to us by the United States Congress. Unlike other congressionally chartered organizations, the Red Cross maintains a special relationship with the federal government.
We have the legal status of “a federal instrumentality,” due to our charter requirements to carry out responsibilities delegated to us by the federal government. Among these responsibilities are:

  • to fulfill the provisions of the Geneva Conventions, to which the United States is a signatory, assigned
  • to national societies for the protection of victims of conflict,
  • to provide family communications and other forms of support to the U.S. military, and
  • to maintain a system of domestic and international disaster relief, including mandated responsibilities under the National Response Framework coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
This President's Day, we thank President Obama for his support on Twitter, during disasters and ensuring our organization has the right people leading it.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Turn Up the Heat this Valentine’s Day- Without Getting Burned

Written by Natalie Horn, volunteer contributor
If you watched the T.V. show “Friends,” then you may remember “The One with the Candy Hearts,” in which Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe start a boyfriend bonfire in their apartment on Valentine’s Day. The result of their bitter cleansing ritual is a call to the New York Fire Department, where they are lectured on fire safety by three handsome, albeit not amused, firemen.

Some Valentine’s Day disasters, like a bad date, are unavoidable; however, some can be avoided with the proper preventative measures. Take time to stop and smell the roses this holiday, but follow these quick safety tips to ensure that your night doesn’t end up in flames.
Mood Lighting
Candles can create a romantic ambiance in any room but if you plan to use them, make sure they stay within eyesight. Never leave candles unattended, and place them on heat-resistant surfaces away from walls and any flammable materials. Make sure they are properly and fully extinguished when you are done using them!
Hair Tools
Getting all dolled-up for a hot date? Before you leave, turn off and unplug your curling iron or any electrical hair appliances you use. 
Burning Love
If you plan on curling up by the fire, use a fireplace or an outdoor fire pit, keep the area around the fireplace clear from any decorations and flammable materials.  Take a lesson from the girls on “Friends” and never burn garbage, newspapers, charcoal, or plastic in a fireplace (or trashcan).  For outdoor fires, keep your pit at least 10 feet away from any structures. Always keep an extinguisher nearby any flame in case things get out of control.
Who’s Watching the Kids?
If you’ve hired a babysitter for the night, be sure they are CPR certified and comfortable responding in emergency situations.  The American Red Cross offers courses in babysitter’s training designed for 11-15-year-olds and First Aid/CRP/AED classes for everyone. 
Whatever your plans are this Valentine’s Day, remember these important safety tips.  Nothing ruins a romantic evening quite like having to call 9-1-1. For more information on health and safety tips, or to enroll in a First Aid course, visit www.redcross.org/dfw

**This story originally posted on 2/14/13**

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Love a Heart – Learn CPR

by Catherine Carlton, volunteer contributor (@ckecarlton)

I signed my mom, my nanny, my husband and myself up for CPR training last month due to a requirement for my son’s care.

What I didn’t know is how quickly one of us would need it.

My nanny received a call not two week’s later that a friend was in trouble. She used her training by:
  1. Calling 911 and 
  2. Giving CPR until help arrived.
She was so relieved and called to thank me for the training.

Like everyone, we hope we never need to use the emergency training we receive.

But gosh are we so glad we have it if we need it.

February is heart month – so it’s a perfect time to remind you to sign up for CPR training.

You never know when you will need it and who you can help.

Signing up is easy.
•    Visit RedCross.org and click on training & certification
•    Enter your location.
•    Select CPR.
•    And find a class near you.
or check out RedCross.org/NorthTexasClasses for local class schedules.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Piper the Puppy Never Runs Out of Hugs

by Suzanne Wiley, volunteer contributor

I’ve had Huggy, a stuffed plush resembling something between a mouse without whiskers and a teddy bear ever since I could remember. From the moment I met him, with the exception of school, he never left my side. Huggy has even flown around the world—logging in as many frequent flier miles as I have in a backpack under the seat in front of me. From Indonesia to London. From London to the United States, Australia to Fiji, Japan to Hawaii with so many stops along with the way—there he was. Making me feel at home in hotels I was bussed to sometimes in the middle of the night, in a country I had never been to, where I didn’t even know how to say “thank you,” much less “help” in the country’s language.

In full disclosure, I still have Huggy. The sweater he so proudly wore gone. The leather pads on his paws long ago ripped off. The stitches from so many surgeries unraveled, leaving two of his legs flat as pancakes. It has been awhile since Huggy retired from his ever-watchful perch on the bed to a shelf in the closet, but he’s still there. Starring out from his scratched up glass eyes, Huggy serves as a daily reminder that the simplest thing can provide immense comfort if I were to ever need it.

When the subject of Huggy comes up when I’m chatting with friends, I always grieve for the stuffed animals and blankies that were thrown in the fire or in the trash when some parents deemed my friends “too old” to be carrying around “that old thing.” These are tragic losses, but what about when a dear stuffy is lost due to fire, tornado, flood, hurricane or other natural disaster? How do children cope with not only the loss of their favorite stuffed animal, but the loss of their house, clothing, pets or even the loss of loved-ones?



Children are more vulnerable than healthy adults are during disasters. Besides physical harm, a child suffers due to their naturally immature coping mechanisms. Children can feel a stronger lack of control after a disaster due to their inability to understand, having no prior knowledge base that things will be okay. Thanks to Dallas-based American Red Cross volunteer, Suzy Bashore and award-winning plush toy designer Phebe Phillips, The American Red Cross now has a program that offers child victims of disasters a soft and cuddly stuffed dog called Piper the Puppy.

Piper the Puppy helps children cope with the loss after disaster strikes. Child psychologists find that stuffed animals and comfort items such as blankets ease children’s stress, help them cope with separation, provide a sense of security, and aid in self-soothing. Children also use these toys to express their emotions when they do not have the words to communicate their feelings.

The first Piper the Puppy was given to a child in 2011. Since then, the Piper the Puppy program has been implemented in 11 Red Cross chapters across the United States—including Dallas and Tyler, Texas.

Starting with a $100 donation, you can “adopt” a Piper the Puppy in you or your company’s name. Your donation to the Red Cross helps provide shelter, food, blankets, basic hygiene and other immediate essentials to families who suffer from disasters such a house fires, floods, tornados, hail storms, earthquakes and hurricanes. Piper the Puppy rides on the emergency response trucks that respond to house fires and other disasters, just waiting for the arms of a scared and worried child.

Piper comes with an illustrated book by Phebe Phillips that helps children cope with a loss and is written in both English and Spanish.

Join the over 8,000 people who have donated to help provide essential supplies to families and children in need by sponsoring a Piper the Puppy here

When you donate at least $100 you
•    Get your name on a Piper paw
•    A child victim of a disaster will receive a free Piper The Puppy
•    Receive an alert when a Piper is given to a child

Was there a time in your childhood “Piper” helped you recover from a loss? Tell us how stuffed animals have comforted you or your child. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Black History Month: “He Had Guts” - The Legendary Life of Doctor Jerome H. Holland


by Suzanne Wiley, volunteer contributor 

When I told friends and colleagues I started volunteering for the American Red Cross, I had many people tell me they wanted me to let them know when it was time to donate blood. For many, the Red Cross has become synonymous with blood drives and for good reason. The organization is one of the country’s largest blood collectors, allowing for the distribution of more than eight million safe blood transfusions a year. Further, The Red Cross was a leader in developing testing for infectious diseases spread by blood, as well as continuing to lead in research and development through the Red Cross Jerome H. Holland Laboratory for the Biomedical Sciences.

Unless you have been a recipient of blood products and services, you probably don’t give much thought to the safety of blood given by donors. Thanks to Dr. Jerome H. Holland, the Red Cross’ first African-American Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Red Cross, the organization’s dedication to the health and well-being of victims needing blood services expanded greatly by Dr. Holland’s service, passion and commitment.

Dr. Holland was born into poverty on January 9, 1916 in Auburn, New York. He was one of 13 children. From 1931 to 1935, Jerome played football for Auburn High School. After graduating high school, he was accepted to the prestigious Cornell University, where he was the first African-American to play football for the school. While attending Cornell, he was inspired to volunteer while helping victims of a major flood in the area. For the rest of Dr. Holland’s life, he was dedicated to serving not only his community, but building relationships around the world.

Though he was an accomplished sportsman and academic—named twice All-American while at Cornell and received honors, Jerome did not get the opportunity to interview with career recruiters. Still segregated at the time, a career in professional football was also out. He documents his thoughts on this in his published book, “Black Opportunity.”

Dr. Holland did not let discrimination set him back, however. He continued at Cornell. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Jerome entered the Master of Science in Sociology degree, and earned a Master’s in 1941. He left Cornell to teach Sociology and Physical Education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. From there, Dr. Jerome H. Holland continued for the rest of his life to be an educator, activist, and volunteer.

In 1950, Dr. Holland received a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout the rest of his life, various colleges and universities gave Dr. Holland over 20 honorary degrees. He also served as President of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities—Hampton Institute and Delaware State College, where he grew the failing Delaware State College enrollment tenfold during his tenure there.

President Richard Nixon offered Dr. Holland the controversial position of U.S. Ambassador to Sweden in 1970. Due to a strained relationship between the United States and Sweden, Dr. Holland knew the appointment would be a challenge. Always willing to meet a challenge head-on, he accepted. At the time, Jerome was only the second African-American Ambassador to have served in a European country.

After asked to serve as the Director of the Board of the United States Stock Exchange, he left the position in 1972. He was the first African-American to hold the position.

In 1979, Dr. Jerome H. Holland was elected and appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Red Cross. The Board of Directors leads the Board of Governors, which oversees the organization. The volunteer position of Chairman is the highest leading official position in the Red Cross. He served as Chairman, until he passed away in New York on January 13, 1985. During his time as Chairman, he facilitated a positive relationship with the Red Crescent. The Red Cross renamed the research and development lab in honor of Dr. Holland in 1987.

The legendary Jerome H. Holland certainly led an honorary and inspiring life. Besides all the great, major accomplishments listed, Dr. Holland served on nine boards of major U. S. companies—often being the only African-American to do so, researched for the Pew Memorial Trust, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and the first African-American to be awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Award in 1972, as well as serving as the first African-American Chairman of Planned Parenthood in 1968.

After his death, Dr. Jerome H. Holland was posthumously awarded the highest civilian award one can receive—the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985. During his speech, President Ronald Regan described Jerome as “…a leading educator, civil rights activists, author and diplomat…,” leading “a life of service. The memory of which today serves as an inspiration to millions.”

The American Red Cross in Westchester County has put together an informative documentary honoring Dr. Holland’s life. 

You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKVSjh0V30U

This story was originally posted on 2/25/14.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Diversity Among Blood Donors

posted courtesy of American Red Cross Blood 

Blood and Diversity

People come in all different shapes, sizes and blood types. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, for a small percentage of the population, finding someone else with the same blood type can be as difficult as looking for a needle in a haystack.

Some people have rare blood types

Rare Blood Types

Red blood cells carry markers called antigens on their surface that determine one’s blood type. There are more than 600 known antigens besides A and B. Certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. Therefore it is essential that the donor diversity match the patient diversity. For example, U-negative and Duffy-negative blood types are unique to the African American community. So Sickle cell patients with these blood types must rely on donors with matching blood types in the African American community.

When blood is phenotypically matched (i.e., close blood type match), patients are at a lower risk of developing complications from transfusion therapy. For this reason, it is extremely important to increase the number of available blood donors from all ethnic groups.

Some Rare Blood Types by Ethnic Group

Ethnic Group Rare Blood Type
African-American U-, Fy(a-b-)
Native American, Alaskan Native RzRz
Pacific Island, Asian Jk (a-b-)
Hispanic Di(b-)
East European/Russian Jews Dr(a-)
Caucasian Kp(b-), Vel-

Important of Type O

Different ethnic and racial groups also have different frequency of the main blood types in their populations. For example, approximately 45 percent of Caucasians are Type O, but 51 percent of African Americans and 57 percent of Hispanics are Type O. Type O is routinely in short supply and in high demand by hospitals – both because it is the most common blood type and because Type O-negative blood, in particular, is the universal type needed for emergency transfusions. Minority and diverse populations, therefore, play a critical role in meeting the constant need for blood.

Blood Diversity | Type O

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Historic Red Cross Friendship: Honoring Black History Month


By: Lauren McMinn Clarke, American Red Cross volunteer contributor

Trailblazing can be lonely work. It is important to have supporters around when a groundbreaking path is forged.
Frederick Douglass, photo courtesy PBS
When nurse Clara Barton (1821-1912) was trying to rally national support to create an American Red Cross, she found wonderful encouragement in African American antislavery author and activist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895).

Barton had already been an avid supporter of the Black Civil Rights movement; during the war, she aided not only soldiers from both North and South, but she also aided wounded soldiers regardless of their race.

Douglass and Barton met right after the Civil War, while Barton was on a nationwide tour giving speeches about the war.

Douglass lent his support in 1882 to the Red Cross “Appeal to the American People” to raise money to assist victims of the Mississippi River floods. He continued to support Barton and the American Red Cross, becoming one of the founding members of the organization.

Some have said that Frederick Douglass's early participation in the creation of the American Red Cross paved the way for Steve D. Bullock to become the organization's first African American Acting President in 1999.

During this Black History Month, we are proud to honor the contributions of humanitarian Frederick Douglass to the American Red Cross.

**This story originally posted on February 3, 2014**

Happy National Weatherperson's Day

by Anita Foster, chief communications officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region


As you might imagine, weather is our world at the American Red Cross. We huddle around radars, listen in as storm spotters are in the field and scan Twitter for the most current reports of any severe weather. And who are we listening to? Our DFW Weather teams. In honor of National Weatherperson's Day, we want to express our gratitude to the meteorologists who work around the clock to keep us safe. And here's a little background from the National Weather Service on this special day:

February 5 is National Weatherperson's Day, commemorating the birth of John Jeffries in 1744. Jeffries, one of America's first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774 and he took the first balloon observation in 1784. This is a day to recognize the men and women who collectively provide Americans with the best weather, water, and climate forecasts and warning services of any nation.

Follow all of our local weatherpeople on Twitter by following our DFW Weather List!