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As the death toll from Saturday's Nepal earthquake exceeds 4,000 people, the American Red Cross is urging those who want to help to donate money instead of items. Meanwhile, a group formed Sunday in Vermont is also trying to help.

The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has a new executive director.  Kim Goulette of Southampton, Massachusetts, has over 20 years of experience in running non-profits. She replaces Rick Lee, who retired after 30 years as director of the Springfield-based Red Cross chapter.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Goulette

Help Colorado

Sep 17, 2013
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Government officials estimate as many as 18,000 homes are affected by the Colorado flooding. Access to some communities remains difficult due to flood waters and damaged roads. As these areas begin to re-open, the Red Cross plans to be there to assess the damage, distribute relief supplies and support a recovery effort that will take months.

Local Red Cross officials are getting the word out that YOU can help by donating:


call 1-800-REDCROSS


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Blood drive coordinators in New York’s Hudson Valley are dedicating their upcoming blood drives to those in Boston who suffered as a result of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

There’s a conference tomorrow in New York that will focus on preparedness for nuclear disasters and other radiation emergencies. It’s an opportunity to think about and plan for some worst-case scenarios.

It’s the Institute for Disaster Mental Health’s 10th annual conference, and this year’s topic is “Radiological Readiness: Preparing for Dirty Bombs, Nuclear Disasters, and Other Radiation Emergencies.” Dr. James Halpern is the director of the Institute at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

The Tri-State Area Awaits Sandy Disaster-Relief Funds

Jan 29, 2013
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President Barack Obama says he'll sign a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. The U.S. Senate approved the bill Monday after the House earlier this month had stripped the bill of spending unrelated to disasters.

Governor's Conference on Emergency Preparedness

James Halpern went to Newtown, Connecticut the day after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. He went for one week, as a volunteer with the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, to provide counseling to immediate family members of the victims, as well as to community members. The Red Cross counseling is short-term, and those who needed more assistance were referred to community resources.