Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why boil when you can UV?

Raise your hand if you love your Brita!! We sure do, but, would you trust your Brita when there is a “boil-water” warning out and you have no way to boil your water?
No need to fret thanks to the Hand-Powered, Battery-Free UV Water Purifier! This handy portable tool uses a proven UV system to destroy waterborne microbes, making your water safe for you, your family and your pets.
So, next time there is an earthquake, water-line break, you’re out camping and don’t pack enough water, or any other emergency situation that disrupts your drinking water supply, be happy that you took the steps to be prepared so that you won’t be parched! 

For more tips on water safety visit the CDC online or if you think that your school, company or organization would benefit from a Be Red Cross Ready presentation that focuses on being prepared for all types of emergencies, please contact Denise Herkey-Jarosch, Regional Coordinator, NYS Citizens Preparedness Program at 716.878.2231 to schedule a presentation.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Did you have a good Martin Luther King Day?

While most of Buffalo didn't have to work yesterday for Martin Luther King Day, many of us still volunteered, including me! My fellow AmeriCorps and I here at the Greater Buffalo Chapter, spent the day helping our Buffalo neighbors insulate their homes with WNY AmeriCorps and the Buffalo Green Team thanks to the money saving equipment provided by National Fuel.
We put up window insulation, vent directors, insulation foam and outlet covers in participating neighborhoods near Martin Luther King Park and the Old First Ward to help improve and conserve their heat.
Although it is nice to have days off, knowing that we actually helped change families lives here in Buffalo was much more rewarding then loafing around like I would have if I didn’t take advantage of this great volunteer opportunity.
So Buffalo, be sure to take advantage of all of the volunteer opportunities available to you! If you would like to volunteer with us here at the American Red Cross, visit us online!