disaster services

Tragedy In Tehran Update - 30 firefighters were reportedly killed during the fire and subsequent collapse of the iconic Iranian high-rise Plasco Building in Tehran. Firefighters had been battling the blaze for several hours when the side of the 17 story building crumbled, the rest of the building following moments later, completely demolishing the entire structure. 50-100 people are believed to be trapped under the rubble. Rescue teams are on scene.

My heart breaks for the people of Tehran on this dark day. Bless the families of the brave firefighters who perished, and may those injured recover quickly.

Blizzard Emergency Giant Assistance

Are you a tiny or a human?  Has a recent blizzard left you snowed in?  Has high winds and heavy snowfall knocked the power out, leaving you cold and with limited supplies?

Don’t fret!  Look no further for aid than your local, winter-wise giants!  We at Winter Giants Corp. understand the devastating effect that winter storms can have, and are readily prepared to lend a hand, paw, or tail to you little’uns during this wintry mess. Give us a call at ###-#### and a local giant will come around in a matter of minutes to help you through this winter disaster.

Our services are free of charge for every emergency and non-emergency situation!  Enlist the aid of our many giant volunteers:

  • Certified EMT Giants are prepared to transport you the hospital in lieu of an ambulance.  
  • Arctic Wolftaurs will have your driveway, walkways, car, or house dug out of any packed ice in a matter of minutes.
  • Snow Leopard Pantaurs are standing by to deliver emergency food, water, and medical packs should you lose power.
  • Ice Nagas will be patrolling streets and freeways, looking to provide roadside assistance for anyone silly enough to think it wise to drive during a blizzard.
  • Snow Owl Harpies are our eyes in the sky, looking to rescue those stranded in the cold wilderness.
  • Demi-Dragons are ready to hand out everlasting fire stones for those left out in the cold.
  • All of our giants are trained in hug therapy. Comforting hugs will be given to distressed tinies and humans upon request.

Remember this number, ###-####!  No job is too big, no client is too small!
Let us give you a big ol’ hand during this winter storm!  

Fight fire with fire!

The Mercedes-AMG GT S at the 2015 Interschutz show. The major International exhibition for fire protection/disaster relief, rescue and safety is an attraction for firefighters, rescue services and disaster aid organizations all over the world.

[Mercedes-AMG GT S | Combined fuel consumption: 9.6-9.4 l/100 km |CO₂ emissions: 224-219 g/km | http://mb4.me/EfficiencyStatement]

American Red Cross Sullivan Trail Disaster Action Team, Elmira, NY 14901

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General topics pertaining to computer literacy, communications, personal logistics, staff wellness, etc. that contribute to skills development and operational issues are also included.  


President Obama’s recent trip to Arkansas after last week’s deadly tornadoes and storms.

President Obama recently traveled to central Arkansas for a first hand look at the area affected by last week’s tornadoes and storms. The President spoke to survivors, first responders, and recovery workers.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has deployed hundreds of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in response to the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that have swept through the central and southern U.S.

In Arkansas, five AmeriCorps members deployed from Red Cross are providing client casework services. Three teams of FEMA Corps members are supporting FEMA operations.

This video was posted on May 7, 2014 on the White House YouTube channel.

Service to Service: NCCC to NECHAMA

By: OrláithDuggan

Orláith serving with NCCC and NECHAMA

In 2014, I served as a team leader in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), a team based community service program. NCCC opened doors for me, helping me realize the extensive opportunities of service, including disaster relief. After graduating from the program, I decided to continue my service by volunteering with NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster in Detroit, MI. 

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“This is a copy that my daughter, Yuri (9), wrote to a fairy on the night she lost her tooth.

I asked her to look at her letter, and I found her feeling about the tragedy.  It touched me to the heart and I thought many many kids felt and sympathized like this all over the world.”

Among our permanent holdings are many letters, drawings, cards, and handcrafted gifts created by children after the September 11 terrorist attacks.  

So many of these items were sent to the September 11 Recovery Program–as a long-term temporary unit of the American Red Cross Disaster Services Red Cross that assisted families affected by the terrorist attacks–that archivists decided to keep a representative sample of the ephemera before sending them on to the intended recipients.  

These items now have a permanent home at the National Archives, including this request that the tooth fairy donate to needy New Yorkers.

You can read the full blog post here: http://1.usa.gov/1JXOJ7V


Rebuilding West

All this week we are honoring Senior Corps volunteers and highlighting the impact they make in communities across the country. In the wake of disaster, hurricanes, tornadoes and explosions, RSVP volunteers are often first on the scene. They help rebuild homes, deliver supplies and run volunteer stations. Such is the case for the town of West, Texas. A few minutes after a devastating explosion ripped through the town, RSVP volunteers were there to help organize volunteers and deliver meals.