Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
The rain has steered clear of North Texas for the past few days, and a few boats have even returned to Lake Lewisville after the spring storms flooded the area. While Texans are recovering from the damage left by the storms, one can’t help but wonder how the survivors are holding up.
Although the Red Cross is known for helping disaster-stuck areas by providing food and shelter, many do not know that the organization also provides free counseling and support after a disaster. Coping with the trauma from disasters is far from easy, but trained Red Crossers from Disaster Mental Health Services help people understand their situation and cope with their emotions.
After a traumatic event such as a disaster, strong feelings are expected. Some of these feelings include:
•Having difficulty staying focused
•Feelings of frustration on a daily basis
•Arguing more with family and friends
•Feelings of sadness, loneliness and fatigue
•Going through changes in appetite and sleep patterns
These feelings are brief and with time they will go away. To help with the stress from the disaster, face the situation and look for ways to improve the well-being of your family in spite of the circumstances.
Have a plan and implement it. Have a plan for you and your family (including furry family members) to be safe during the storm. Recent storms and other weather-related events have illustrated the importance of emergency preparedness.
Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable actions.
Stay healthy. A healthy body can have a positive impact on your thoughts and emotions, enabling you to make better decisions and better deal with any disaster.
Reach out to your children. Help children by restricting constant viewing of the news, giving them realistic assurances that plans are in place to keep them safe and maintaining their normal routines as much as possible.
Maintain a hopeful outlook.
La lluvia ya está fuera del área. Hasta unos barcos regresaron a Lake Lewisville después de las tormentas que inundaron el lago. Mientras Tejanos están recuperando del desastre que dejo las tormentas, uno tiene que preguntarse, ¿cómo estarán los sobrevivientes?
Aunque La Cruz Roja es conocida por ayudando lugares destruidas por desastres naturales en dando comida y abrigo, muchos no saben que la organización también da ayuda en administrando asesoramientos emocionales y suporte después de un desastre. Afrentando los sentimientos uno tiene después de trauma no es fácil, pero voluntarios de La Cruz Roja de Disaster Mental Health Services ayudan gente entender la situación en que están y los ayudan en enfrentando sus emociones.
•Teniendo dificultad estando enfocado(a)
•Sintiendo frustración todo el tiempo
•Alegando con familia y amigos
•Sufriendo de sentimientos de tristeza, soledad y lasitud
•Cambios de apetito o hábitos de sueño
El Valor de Preparación
Las reacciones de traumas físicos y emocionales son diferentes con cada persona. Mientras unos recuperan más rápido que otros, unos pueden tener prolongados sentimientos de ansiedad y estrés. Cuando estos sentimientos persisten y están afectando tus relaciónes con tu familia y amigos, agarra ayuda. Acuérdate que tus amigos de La Cruz Roja tiene las recursos para ayudarte sanar.
Para a obtener asesoramientos emocionales o suporte, habla al Disaster Distress hotline, patrocinado por el Substance Abuse& Mental Health Services Administration, a 1-800-985-5990 o text “TalkWithUs” a 66746.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Rain, rain, go away come again some other day ... like in a year.
The Red Cross has flooded social media feeds for months about the importance of #TurnAroundDontDrown (thanks for the campaign, National Weather Service)! So much so I think it's safe to say you might be sick of hearing it.
To add some cheer to the drenched residents of Texas and to play off of the infamous hashtag, here are 15 movie characters who should've just listened and turned around.
15. Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
Why did Melanie check out the attic alone when she knew there were killer birds out there flapping around? Don't ever investigate a noise in a thriller movie!
White noise coming from a television in the middle of the night? Little Carol why did you put your hand out?! Always pretend to be asleep and then tell your parents to hit the road tomorrow! Yikes!
13. Steven Spielberg's "Jaws"
A classic movie that terrified viewers with two notes, but Brody wanted to chum the waters. Why didn't you chug that tug boat to shore warp-speed after seeing the monster? You're crazy.
12. Joe Johnson's "Jumanji"
Yes, we understand you had to finish the game to end the nightmare, BUT after being thrown into a monsoon with a giant crocodile, why didn't you just say, "nope, I'm done, I need to get the rest of my life together!"
11. Disney's "Little Mermaid"
Every time you watch Ariel give her voice to the sea witch, Ursula, you feel anxious. WHY WOULD YOU TRUST AN OCTOPUS?! Do you know how much easier it would've been to nab your prince had you just turned around!?
10. Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow"
New York City is under another world altering natural disaster? NOPE. It never ends well! And who wants to freeze to death and dig their way out of snow piled up as high as skyscrapers?
9. David R. Ellis's "Snakes on a Plane"
Um, I can deal with spiders, but slimy no leg slithering poisonous snakes falling out of every nook and cranny from an airplane? I don't think so. I hate heights and flying for that matter, but I would've grabbed a parachute and floated my behind right back down to snake-free ground. Peace out!
8. William Friedkin's "The Exorcist" 1973
If I saw anyone who could turn their head around without the use of their neck ... I wouldn't be wasting any time on trying to save their souls -- bye, Felicia.
7. David Yates's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
You can't have a list without the Harry Potter series. I couldn't let it happen. I'm glad they didn't turn around, and I'm happy they beat that bully Voldemort. (#HarryPotterForever) But, in order to include them with this list, here's Longbottom's scene with all those greasy death eaters.
6. Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice"
You're trying to tell me none of the Deetz's were scared when Barbra and Adam stretched their faces? It makes my eye sockets burn just thinking about it ...
5. Colin Trevorrow's "Jurassic World"
No spoilers in this clip, but when the boys find the broken fence to investigate ... and then "Hello, super giant dinosaur"... Nope, nope, nope! Dinosaur + me in a small moving cube = definitely to the NOT.
4. Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs"
Hannibal Lecter and his pack of misfit friends were beyond creepy. Clarice, when you left the jail you never should've looked back. The lotion does not do good for the skin.
3. John Hughes's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
Poor Cameron, never should've let Ferris convince him to take out his dad's Ferrari. Then, he wouldn't have had the opportunity to knock it off its stand.
2. Howard Deutch's "The Great Outdoors"
Chet you should've just stayed home and forgot going to Wally's cabin. You had to have known the bald-headed bear was going to come looking for revenge!
1. Disney's "The Lion King"
Simba, why-oh-why did you have to go to Scar? Do you know grown adults still tear-up when your father, Mufasa, dies! Why couldn't you have just turned around!!!
If ever in a pickle and you're not sure which direction to take, remember all of these fools who didn't turn around and ask yourself, "could this be turned into a GIF?"
There's a moral to every story, and you don't want to be the example. Don't attempt to drive through flooded streets and moving water, your life is much too valuable. Always remember turn around don't drown!
Monday, July 6, 2015
The old saying is true, it's better to be safe than sorry, and having an un-used plan is better than scrambling to think of one in the moment. Think ahead, and don't forget to have fun!
Thursday, July 2, 2015
What could possibly go wrong with explosives and a match?
This Saturday is the fourth of July, and most people plan to sit outside, barbecue something, relax with friends and enjoy a loud, colorful and explosive firework show as the night's finale.
In Texas, you are allowed to purchase and ignite fireworks on your own property. The best way to safely enjoy the holiday is to attend a public firework show put on by licensed professionals, but if you decide to put on your show at home, we've got you covered.
Here are some safety tips for those of you setting off fireworks at home:
According to the National Fire Protection Association approximately 50,000 fires a year are caused by improper use of fireworks.
Thousands of families will be on the road traveling over the weekend, so it’s essential to keep these tips in mind while road-tripping:
1. No texting while driving. This includes emails, Facebook and Twitter!
2. Always wear your seat belt.
3. Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
4. Use caution in work zones.
5. Follow the speed limit!
We want you to enjoy the weekend with your families, and your safety is of great importance to those of us at the Red Cross. Stay safe this holiday weekend, and enjoy the bang!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
If it weren’t for me, many of you probably wouldn’t consider cold showers or installing a pool, but without me you wouldn’t be able to enjoy those summer barbecues near the beaches and lakes. I am harsher in the southern hemisphere because the tea is sweeter, and c’mon, the south is better!
Have you guessed what I might be yet?
Trees try to discourage me, but vehicles can’t hide from me. The Red Cross spends a lot of effort trying to protect residents from my reach, however not everyone listens. I’m a nasty pain in the summer, but I can’t help it, I am the summer heat.
During my peak periods, I can make the temperature stay in the 90’s for consecutive days on end. It’s imperative to your health to stay weather aware as I like to change my mood daily. I'm feeling extra cheery this morning and will you give some tips on how we can stay friends and not enemies over the next few months.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Did you know Texas is ranked number one in the country for pool drownings? Tarrant County is ranked number two in the state. And the statistics haven’t changed for the past few years according to the Fort Worth Drowning Coalition.
- June 16-19, June 23-26 2015 at Westside YMCA 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
- July 28-31, Aug 4-7 2015 at Southwest YMCA 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
- Aug 25-28, Sept 1-4 2015 at Marine Park Pool 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
- $5 for 8 swim lessons
- Never leave children unattended near water
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
- Never assume someone else is watching your children
- Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
- Stay off of cell phones, give your attention 100 percent to supervising your children
- Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and first aid kit
- Enroll in Red Cross first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies
- Have children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats. Make sure life jackets sit snugly. Have the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits the child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
- Don’t drink alcohol while operating a boat. A huge number of boating accidents each year involve alcohol consumption.
- Infants and young kids are at a higher risk for hypothermia, so if you bring a baby on a boat take extra steps to keep them warm.