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Some Essential Apps for your New iPhone

The latest craze in technology this month is Apple’s release of the new generation of iPhones- the iPhone 5s and 5c. For those of you who have already gotten your hands on this new hardware, or for anyone else still trucking along with an older iPhone, or a Droid, there are a few apps that every Smartphone user should download.

The first is the American Red Cross First Aid app. This is a great tool to have handy in case of any small emergency that could happen in your everyday life. The First Aid app provides step-by-step instructions on how to handle most common first aid situations, such as asthma attacks, choking, heat stroke, poisoning, and many more. It also contains videos and animations, making instructions easier to understand. Additionally, the app comes loaded with safety and preparedness tips. This is a great app to have installed on your phone because you can never be too prepared for an emergency-small or big.

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For those bigger emergencies, the Red Cross also provides a number of apps based on specific disasters. These include the Earthquake, Tornado, Wildfire, and Hurricane mobile apps. Depending on what region of the country you live in, one or all of these apps could be useful to have. These disaster-specific apps provide local and real-time alerts for the disaster, and give instant information on what to do before, during, and after the disaster. The apps also include the location of nearby Red Cross shelters. This information could be vital in saving you and your family’s lives.

Another great feature of these apps is the “I’m Safe” button, which lets your family and friends know that you are out of harm’s way through your social media sites. This is a great way to let loved ones know that you are okay, without having to call everyone in your contact list.

Additionally, you can download disaster-specific apps relevant to your loved ones’ regions. This will enable you to stay current on disasters across the country that could be affecting your family. Encourage your family and friends to do so as well!

Lastly, if you are looking to volunteer for the Red Cross, an easy way to get involved is the Team Red Cross app. This app will send you push notifications for volunteer jobs based on your location. You can accept these jobs for yourself, or share them with your friends. For people who want to get started volunteering, but are unsure how to do so, the Team Red Cross app is a great tool to have.

All of these apps can be downloaded for free from the Apple app store or the Google Play store. The information provided by the apps is important to have handy- just in case. Being prepared for an emergency can make a world of difference, and so can volunteering to help those affected by disasters.

Babysitting is Serious Business

ImageDid you ever read the Baby-sitters Club book series? I am totally dating myself but I used to LOVE those books. They were about a group of friends that started their own babysitting business. The series covered the ups and downs of the business, the friendships and of course the teen angst. I’m pretty sure I read all of the books and saw all of the movies. One of the things I liked the most about the series was the fact that these girls created a viable babysitting business. Naturally, I started my own babysitting business shortly after reading the books. I was missing one thing though. Actually, I think the girls in the book were missing it too – American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training.

Babysitter’s Training from the Red Cross brings the best in child development and safety training. It builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies. Just as importantly, it teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills. Having my mother a phone call away to answer any questions that popped up was great but I’m thinking about how much more confident I would have been had I had the Red Cross training. I would have learned valuable skills like:

  • Leadership training
  • The business of babysitting, including how to set your pricing
  • Understanding and caring for kids from 0 – 10
  • Safety skills: picking up, holding feeding, and diapering infants and toddlers
  • First Aid and more

All of the Red Cross chapters in Massachusetts are holding babysitting training this President’s Day. If there is a teen in your life that is thinking about starting a babysitting business, encourage him or her to take advantage of the day off from school and attend Red Cross babysitter’s training.

Classes are available at all Red Cross Chapters in Massachusetts: Beverly, Braintree, Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, Hyannis, Leominster, Peabody, Pittsfield, Springfield, Waltham, Westfield and Worcester.

For pricing and registration information visit redcross.org/babysitting or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.