Monday, August 28, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Julie Kirk

Julie Kirk is a Louisville Area Chapter volunteer that helps out as a Blood Services Scheduling Specialist. Usually you are only asked to volunteer about 4 hours out of every month, but Julie has done so much more and has averaged about 10 hours a month since being here. 

Julie doesn’t stop there; she is also Franklin Counties Blood Donor Ambassador and helps as a Disaster Workforce Responder. Thank you, Julie, for your commitment to the Red Cross mission and your dedication to your many positions!

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit

Sunday, August 20, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Kenny Settles

Kenny tests a smoke alarm during a Home Fire Campaign install
Kenny Settles is a local volunteer who helps fill many roles at the Louisville Area Chapter. Kenny helps as the ERV Lead for the Louisville area; he even calls up other volunteer drivers to verify availability for events that need people. He also drives to Evansville a few times a week as a Blood Services Transportation specialist. 

Kenny also helps support the special events in Louisville, like the Wrapped in Red Gala and installs smoke alarms in community homes as a Homefire Campaign Volunteer. Thank you so much for all that you do, Kenny!

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Eclipse Safety

Millions of people are expected to make travel plans to see the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse visible in this country in 99 years. If you are planning to view the eclipse, please remember to do so safely! 

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totalityThe only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”  or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

o    Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

o    Always supervise children using solar filters.

o    Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.

o    Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

o    Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.

o    Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.

o    If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.

o    Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

o    If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

For more information about the 2017 Eclipse, visit 

If you're traveling to view the eclipse, you can check out some highway safety tips from the Red Cross here.

Monday, August 14, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Linda Beck

Linda Beck is a member of the Kentucky Region Disaster Casework Team and has been a member of the team since May of 2013. Linda is not only a member but also an instructor and recovery regional program lead for the KRDT. 

Linda started out as a Disaster Action Team responder but moved up to a lead over time. She acts as the Interim Disaster Program Manager for areas like Vermont, Indiana, and Lexington. Linda has even been called to help serve as a Client Caseworker Manager on the national level, and has been called seven times over the past two years to help out nationally. Linda is a woman who has answered the Red Cross mission and has devoted so much more time to it than is asked of her. For that we thank you, Linda!

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit

Monday, August 7, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Larry Emery

Larry Emery is a Sheltering Lead for the Red Cross Kentuckiana area, as well as a leader within the organization who has been deployed three times this year alone in support of shelter operations nationally. Larry even helped set up shelters during the Kentucky Derby Festival in case of an emergency.

Larry also works with shelter partners in our area to verify locations, check the status of their supplies, and make sure they are ready in case of an emergency. He is truly a man that goes above and beyond. We will always be grateful to have you as part of the Red Cross, thank you Larry for everything that you do.

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit