FLAGSTAFF (Sept. 14, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter will hold an open house Sept. 18 at its Flagstaff office, allowing existing volunteers to learn more about the organization that they serve and giving prospective volunteers an opportunity to contribute to their community.
All are welcome from 12-5:30 p.m. at 1750 Railroad Springs Blvd., Suite 1, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Existing volunteers can update their information, while prospective volunteers may begin the process of signing up to join the Red Cross. Red Cross staff members will be on hand, with information about Red Cross blood drives scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19-20 inside the du Bois Center (Building 68) at Northern Arizona University. Light refreshments will be served throughout the open house. Also on Sept. 20, the NAU Red Cross Club will hold its first meeting on campus from 4-5 p.m.
And remember: It’s National Preparedness Month in September. So the Red Cross is encouraging all Flagstaff households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they’re ready for the next emergency that might strike. Plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in the event of a sudden emergency, such as a fire or a flood; an out-of-area emergency contact person; and a location where everyone should meet if they’re unable to return home. All members of the household should work together on the emergency plan, and each person should know how to reach other family members. For more, visit www.redcross.org/prepare/nationalpreparednessmonth.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.