A Mid-Year Report to our Supporters
|Top Row:(left to right)
||Lauryn Miller-Executive Director,
Tiffany Smith-Volunteer Coordinator,
Bridget Hymas-Program Coordinator,
Heather Porter Development Specialist,
Doris Eager-Caseworker Coordinator|
|Bottom Row: (left to right)
Brigeeta Jensen-Receptionist, Erin Grey-Health & Safety Director,
Marcie Valdez-Development Director, Chris Ellis-Controller, Victoria
Emergency Services Director|
The first six months of our fiscal year proved challenging in ways we could never
have imagined. At the end of August, we became part of the largest disaster response in
the history of the American Red Cross. The Northern Utah Chapter deployed 54 trained
disaster volunteers to areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. We
also provided shelter, food, clothing, and medical needs to 71 families who self
evacuated to Northern Utah.
There were local challenges as well. Two of those disasters were 24-unit apartment
fires and happened within three weeks of one another. Our disaster budget for the
entire year is $67,000 and currently we have committed more than $58,000 in disaster
relief to 192 people whose lives were devastated when they lost their homes to fire.
In January, we were selected as Small Business of the Year by the Ogden-Weber
Chamber of Commerce. We were so honored that the American Red Cross of Northern
Utah was being recognized for our local Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and for the
manner in which our organization is run; our approach to client and donor relations; and our active role in the business community.
Our entire team, our Board, our volunteers, our employees and our donors, made this award possible. We hope that you will take
pride and join with us in celebrating this accomplishment.
We would like to thank those of you who remembered our neighbors across the street and donated to our local Red Cross
services during a time of unprecedented disaster response both locally and nationally.
|The work of the Northern Utah Chapter of the American Red Cross could
not be accomplished without the commitment of our 634 active volunteers.
Kathy Allen, from Liberty, Utah is just one of those volunteers. Kathy has
been a Red Cross volunteer for over 25 years. She has volunteered
in almost every service that Red Cross offers. She can often be
found helping in the office answering phones, assisting with
accounting, and data entry. Kathy teaches disaster courses, CPR,
lifeguarding, and babysitter training. Kathy has also served on
several national disasters including the terrorist attacks of September 11,
and most recently served two 3-week assignments to help the
victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Kathy understands first hand the importance of becoming
certified in CPR. Three years ago on a scuba diving excursion
in Hawaii, tragedy struck when her husband was not breathing
when he reached the top of the water. Because of their
American Red Cross Lifeguard training, Kathy and her sons
were able to perform CPR for 25 minutes regaining a pulse,
and saving her husbandís life.|
For their lifesaving efforts, Kathy and her children were
recognized nationally with The Certificate of Merit, signed by
President Bush. In addition, Kathy was recently awarded the
Clara Barton Award, one of the highest Chapter level awards
that can be given.
Her devotion to the American Red Cross and the
community plays an important part in carrying out our
mission; together we can save a life.
American Red Cross Celebrates 125th Anniversary
On May 21, the American Red Cross
will celebrate an historic event: our 125th
Clara Barton, our founder, successfully
organized the American Association of the
Red Cross in Washington, D.C., on May 21,
The founding aims of the new Red Cross
have remained largely unchanged in the last
125 years: to serve America in peace and in
war, during times of disaster and national
Today, the American Red Cross plays a
leading role in responding to the immediate
needs of disaster victims in our communities,
our nation, and throughout the world.
But the Red Cross mission includes far
more than disaster response. Millions of
Americans turn to the Red Cross every year
for training in health, safety, disaster
preparedness and much more.
None of our work would be possible
without the generous support of people like
you. On behalf of your local Red Cross
chapter, and the entire American Red Cross,
thank you for helping us be there when help
OUTDOOR SAFETY TIPS
Develop an emergency plan before you start your trip. Get training
to ensure everyone knows what to do if they become lost or a
medical emergency arises. Give children whistles with the
instructions to "stop and blow" if they become lost.
Travel with a companion. Your group should have a minimum
of four people; this way, if one is hurt, another can stay with the
victim while two go for help.
Stay calm if you get lost. Try to remember how you got to your
present location. Pay close attention to your surroundings and
landmarks, and relate this to your location on a map.
Be weather wise. Keep an eye on current and predicted weather
conditions. People who have been hit by lightning carry no
electric charge and can be safely tended to. If the person is not
breathing, begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But if a pulse is
absent begin CPR.
Learn basic first aid so you will know how to identify and treat
injuries and illnesses. Get trained in Basic First Aid to learn
how to identify the symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke,
hypothermia, and dehydration, and know how to treat them.
Pack a first aid kit. Your kit can prove invaluable if you or a
member of your group suffers a cut, bee sting or allergic reaction.
Bring emergency supplies: map, compass, flashlight, knife,
waterproof fire starter, personal shelter, whistle, warm clothing,
high energy food, water, and insect protection.
For all of your outdoor emergency and first aid needs visit
Clara's Closet, located in the Red Cross Building, 2955 Harrison
Blvd., Suite 204, Ogden, UT. We offer a wide range of courses
including CPR,Wilderness & Basic First Aid & When Help Is