VOLUNTEER AWARDS: The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is accepting nominations for the “Breakfast of Champions,” its volunteer recognition event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at the Phoenix Zoo. Using the attached forms, nominate a Grand Canyon Chapter volunteer for the Bill Bombeck Disaster Volunteer of the Year Award, the Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Award, the Disaster Preparedness Award, the Good Neighbor Award, the Partnership Award, the Randi Knappenberger Exceptional Volunteer Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Youth Volunteer Award. Submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 3. Nominations are encouraged for Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers in the outlying areas. You should be receiving an invitation in the mail as early as April 6. Volunteers must update their hours in Volunteer Connection by April 15 to be recognized for their service at the breakfast. For questions, contact Pat Farmer at 602-336-6677.
TEAM FIRESTOPPER: The Grand Canyon Chapter is conducting fire canvassing in Mesa neighborhoods, targeting its highest-concentrated fire response zip codes. The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Mesa Fire Station No. 201, at 360 E. 1st St. in Mesa. To register, contact Scott Keyes at 602-336-6672.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is seeking Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers for its full-scale disaster exercise from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23. Volunteers will act as victims, and they’ll assist with rehabilitation and volunteer reception, among other functions. If you’re interested, request a registration packet by e-mailing your full name to Margi EvanSon at email@example.com.
SUPPORT TEAM COOP: The Grand Canyon Chapter is offering a 15 percent discount on all health and safety classes to support KPNX-TV Channel 12 sportscaster Bruce Cooper, who recently returned to work after suffering a heart attack. Cooper admits he wouldn’t be alive today if CPR hadn’t been performed on him. The coupon code “TEAMCOOP0413” is valid through April 30. Sign up at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
HURRICANE SANDY UPDATE: In the four-plus months since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has served 17 million meals and snacks; distributed 7 million relief items; provided 81,000 overnight stays; and offered 113,000 health services and emotional support contacts. More than 17,000 Red Cross workers – 34 from the Grand Canyon Chapter – have supported the relief efforts, 90 percent of whom are volunteers.
TORNADO APP: The Red Cross has launched a tornado app, putting lifesaving information in the hands of people who live in, visit or have loved ones in tornado-prone areas. The free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado. The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area, even if the app is closed, and an “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been canceled. To download the app, visit www.redcross.org/mobileapps.
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