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Oh the places we will go…

Its always great to hear about the American Red Cross in the news! This article http://www.marketwatch.com/story/american-red-cross-continues-to-help-states-hit-by-wildfires-floods-2012-06-12 showcases some of aid the that the American Red Cross provides to disaster effected areas.  Whether it be flooding in the Florida panhandle or wildfires raging through the Midwest, the Red Cross is there helping those in need.

Today, our local chapter has even sent volunteer support to the flood effected areas in Pensacola, Florida! (Hopefully we’ll hear from them soon so we can give you guys an update of what we’re doing to help out.)

Flooding throughout the city of Pensacola (*The American Red Cross does not take credit or claim ownership of this photo)

The wildfires sweeping through Colorado

To donate funds to help out these disaster relief operations call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit http://www.redcross.org.

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What does the Red Cross of North Central Florida look like? Well take a look at some of our nifty photos!

Stay tuned folks! There’s plenty more photos to come!

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A Big Star Supporting the Red Cross in a Big Way!

As many of you may have heard former American Idol winner and country music superstar Carrie Underwood will be going on a fall tour this year across cities in North America.  So… why are we writing about Carrie Underwood you ask? Well this five-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum artist will be donating $1 from every ticket sold to the American Red Cross!!

Judging by tickets sales its looking like it’s going to be another big year for Ms. Underwood and another big year for the American Red Cross thanks to Carrie as well as the millions of other Americans that graciously donate their money and time to our organization every year!

Check out the article! http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57425429-10391698/carrie-underwood-announces-fall-tour/

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In case of an emergency….

If you hear of a disaster, or a potential disaster,  in your area whether it be a wildfire, hurricane, or flood, check to see if the Red Cross has a shelter open near you or your loved ones! http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/

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3 weeks, 2 interns, and 1 ERV: Maria and Molly’s excellent adventure!

Check out what some of our chapter’s previous interns have done during past disasters! These videos depict the disaster relief efforts that took place after Hurricane Irene barreled through the Northeaster region of the United States. Our interns were providing assistance to people in need in New York!

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Colombia: journalist Roméo Langlois released

May 30, 2012

“Apart from an injury to one of his forearms, Mr Langlois is in good health,” said Jordi Raich, head of the ICRC delegation in Colombia. “We are delighted at the success of this operation. In our capacity as a neutral intermediary, we reiterate the ICRC’s willingness to continue facilitating the release of other people being held by armed groups.”

Mr Langlois had been held by the FARC-EP since 28 April when, while covering a counter-drug operation being conducted by the Colombian army, he got caught in the middle of clashes between the parties to the conflict. The armed group asked the ICRC directly to participate in the handover operation as a neutral intermediary. The operation took place by road using three ICRC vehicles.

Under international humanitarian law covering non-international armed conflicts, Mr Langlois – like all journalists on dangerous assignments – is entitled to the same protection as that granted to civilians.

Media outlets can get in touch with the ICRC if their journalists are captured, go missing or are wounded in a conflict situation. They can get in touch with the nearest ICRC office, call the 24-hour hotline on +41 79 2173285 or send an e-mail to press@icrc.org for help and advice.

The ICRC reminds all parties to armed conflict that they have a duty to respect the lives and well-being of civilians and other groups protected by international humanitarian law, including journalists on dangerous assignments who are not participating directly in the hostilities. The ICRC also urges journalists to take every precaution, when carrying out their reporting activities during armed conflicts, to ensure that the parties can distinguish between combatants and civilians.

This operation brings to 1,475 the number of people held by different armed groups in Colombia whose release has been facilitated by the ICRC at different times since 1994. More than 750 of them have been civilians.

For further information, please contact:

María Cristina Rivera, ICRC Bogotá, tel.    +57 311 4910775
Pascal Jequier, ICRC Bogotá (English and French), tel.    +57 311 4910789
Alexis Heeb, ICRC Geneva, tel.    +41 79 2187610

Original article : http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/news-release/2012/colombia-news-2012-05-30.htm

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