March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
“Red Cross Month is a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross, and there are many different ways to do it,” Pete Wyro, executive director, said. “They can develop a preparedness plan for their household, become a Red Cross volunteer or take a Red Cross class, just to name a few.”
In light of Red Cross month, the American Red Cross recently launched its official Tornado App. It is one of many useful apps that are available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that put lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in, visit or have loved ones in disaster-prone areas. All preparedness applications can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
At the American Red Cross Coastal Bend-Texas Chapter, contributing time and talent as a volunteer allows individuals to help someone in need in their community. The chapter is looking for volunteers to give community presentations; support Club Red, a professional volunteer group; help with services to the Armed Forces; and assess home fire victim needs.