Red Cross LMNP

Hurricane Season Runs from June 1 - November 30

Be Prepared!
Make a plan, build a kit & stay informed.

The American Red Cross has been having a busy storm season, responding to dozens of national disasters, many of them simultaneously. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your loved ones.

Click here to view or print a Hurricane Safety Checklist.

You can help the Red Cross respond by volunteering, raising funds and giving blood. For the latest information on Red Cross disaster relief visit our online newsroom frequently.

To make a secure online financial donation click here.

Click here to download our volunteer application.

Click here to find a blood drive near you.

Disaster Information


Our Disaster Committee meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at our chapter house located
at 206 26th St. in Opelika, Alabama. The public is welcome to attend! This meeting is for trained responders,
people who want to be trained to help out in a disaster, or anyone who has an interest in Red Cross services
and helping our community. If the first Monday falls on a holiday (like Labor Day), we will meet the second Monday.


Hurricane season is here and as usual we are busy at the Red Cross. This season is forecasted to be as busy as last year, and our motto is “prepare for the worst and hope for the best”. While we can’t control Mother Nature, we do have some control over our own readiness. You can prepare for this storm season by following these tips:

Find Out What Could Happen to You
Contact your local Red Cross chapter or emergency management office before a disaster occurs--be prepared to take notes.
Ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen. Request information on how to prepare for each.
Learn about your community's warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.
Don’t forget to make a plan for your pets! We all love our pets but, they are not allowed inside emergency shelters because of health regulations.
Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons if needed.
Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school or day care center, and other places where your family spends time.
Create a Disaster Plan
Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire and severe weather to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
Pick two places to meet:
Right outside your Simulation LMNP home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
Outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.
Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact's phone number.
Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.
Show each family member how and when to turn off the utilities (water, gas, and electricity) at the main switches.
Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supplies kit with non-perishable food, water, medicines, baby supplies, a first aid kit, etc…
Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
Find the safe places in your home for each type of disaster.
Replace stored water and stored food every six months.

More preparedness information is available on our national website at and can also be obtained by calling our local Red Cross chapter at 334-749-9981. We also offer disaster training classes free to the public if you are interested in volunteering with Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The best time to train is now, before the disaster occurs and we always need help. You can chose to respond nationally or to help on a local level.

The Red Cross is an agency of the people and if we all stick together we can provide the readiness and response our community needs to get through this hurricane season.


The American Red Cross Disaster Services mission is to ensure nationwide disaster planning, preparedness, community disaster education, mitigation, and response that will provide the American people with quality services in a uniform, consistent, and responsive manner.
The American Red Cross responds to disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires, or other situations that cause human suffering or create human needs that those affected cannot alleviate without assistance. It is an independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency.

Red Cross Recognizes the potential threat of the following disasters in Alabama:

Severe Thunderstorm
Storm Surge
Terrorist Attack
Winter Storm
Check out the list of disaster resources below:

Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit
Check The Local Weather
Find Out Where Disasters Are Occuring Around The World

Flooding occurs in known floodplains when prolonged rainfall over several days, intense rainfall over a short period of time, or an ice or debris jam causes a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area. Melting snow can combine with rain in the winter and early spring; severe thunderstorms can bring heavy rain in the spring and summer; or tropical cyclones can bring intense rainfall to the coastal and inland states in the summer and fall.

Flash floods occur within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam, and flash floods can catch people unprepared. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. So if you live in areas prone to flash floods, plan now to protect your family and property.

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in terms of human hardship and economic loss. As much as 90 percent of the damage related to all natural disasters (excluding droughts) is caused by floods and associated debris flows.

HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials)
HAZMAT is an abbreviation for 'hazardous materials.' Hazardous materials are substances which due to their biological, chemical, or physical nature, pose a potential risk to life, health or the enviornment. Hazardous materials can be solids, liquids or gases and may be transported in a variety of containers. They are transported daily through Lee County by railroad, pipeline, roadway and over the county by aircraft. A HAZMAT incident can range form a small fuel spill on the highway to a major leak from a storage facility which might have lasting effects on neighboring communities.

Severe Thunderstorms
The National Weather Service (NWS) considers a thunderstorm severe if:

It produces hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter
Has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher
Or produces a tornado.
When a sever thunderstorm WARNING is issued, review what actions to take under a tornado warning or a flash flood warning. Keep in mind that thunderstorms may occur singly, in clusters, or in lines. Some of the most severe weather occurs when a single thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time. Lightning is a major threat during a thunderstorm. It is the lightning that produces thunder in a thunderstorm. Lightning is very unpredictable, which increases the risk to individuals and property. Downbursts and straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms can produce winds 100 to 150 miles per hour, enough to flip cars, vans, and semi-trucks. The resulting damage can equal the damage of most tornadoes.

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes have rotating winds of 250 miles per hour or more. They are capable of causing extreme destruction, including uprooting trees and well-made structures, and turning normally harmless objects into deadly missiles. Most tornadoes are just a few dozen yards wide and only briefly touch down, but highly destructive violent tornadoes may carve out paths over a mile wide and more than 50 miles long. Although violent tornadoes comprise only 2 percent of all tornadoes, they are responsible for nearly 70 percent of tornado-related fatalities.

Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms in warm, moist, unstable air along and ahead of cold fronts. Such thunderstorms also may generate large hail and damaging winds. When intense springtime storms systems produce large, persistent areas that support tornado development, major outbreaks can occur.

Landfalling tropical storms and hurricanes also generate tornadoes. Such tornadoes are most common to the right and ahead of the storm path or the storm center as it comes ashore.

There are three different classes of wildfires:

Surface Fire: is the most common type and burns along the floor of a forest, moving slowly and killing or damaging trees.
Ground Fire: is usually started by lightning and burns on or below the forest floor in the human layer down to the mineral soil.
Crown Fire: spread rapidly by wind and move quickly by jumping along the tops of trees.
More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the enviornment but face the very real danger of wildfire. Wildfires often begin unnoticed. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes.


Don't wait for the next disaster to get trained on Red Cross disaster response.

We have training classes each month and they are free!

Call us at 334-749-9981 for more information or to reserve your seat.


East Alabama Chapter
206 26th Street
Opelika, AL 36801

Serving Chambers, Lee

and Russell County Alabama.

Russell County Red Cross office

1208 8th Ave.

Phenix City, AL 36867



Week of June 6-13:

Ron and Charles Maddox of M & M Home Repair/Maddox Construction wrapped all exterior windows
in white aluminum. The cracked rotten wood is gone! Hopefully the leaking will stop and our front office
won't flood anymore.

The old peeling "Lee Co. Red Cross" sign is down. New signage will be here soon courtesy of
Jackie Lewis of Sign World of Auburn. The old air conditioning unit and screen door on side
of building are removed.

We receive good news from The United Way of Lee County. Our grant application has been
approved and United Way will provide partial funding to obtain furniture and office items for
the new interior office we are building. We are growing. Our new Emergency Serives Coordinator
will be hired in July and we need a larger office for our Health & Community Services Manager.

Our column runs in the Opelika-Auburn News explaining the need for renovation and asking for help.

Week of June 14-19:

Material is inserted into insets above doorways to cover windows that were painted over years ago and now
show peeling paint from age and Hurricane Ivan damage. New signage will be created soon by
Sign World for this area.

"Famous Amos" window tinting begins the process of tinting the large picture windows in the front of the
chapter house. This will let us get rid of the old blinds and actually see outside! It also reduces the
temperature inside the building and hopefully will cut down on cooling bills. WSWS-TV 66,
WTVM TV- Channel 9 and WRBL TV - Channel 3 are on hand to film our progress. Jackie Lewis of
Sign World of Auburn and Executive Director Jennifer Ryan are on the air at WANI 1400 am Thursday,
June 16, talking about the renovations.

Good News! Lowes of Opelika has agreed to donate paint for our building and some of the building
materials we need to create the new interior office. Ron and Charles Maddox of M & M Home repair
pick up initial supplies and begin work on the office.

Janet Brown of Faux Biz offered her professional services to help us select colors for our building that
will compliment our neighborhood, building, photographic images and logos. Janet has also
offered to donate some faux painting in our lobby area.

Board members will be coming by to give input on color choices. Paint samples of the colors suggested
by Janet Brown of Faux Biz are painted on the side of the building for all to see.

Cody Curren of Rental Service Center (RSC) has generously donated a pressure washer to help with
the renovations. Ironically Cody shared with us that he was a recipient of Red Cross disaster services
when he experienced a house fire in 1999.

Greg Roberts of Sides Drywall has agreed to do the sheet rock for our new interior office free of charge.

Best Rental has agreed to get us a lift to be used during the exterior painting at a much reduced rate.
Thanks Gavin!

Shane Pope, of Shane Pope's Tae Kwon Do, has agreed to use his commercial paint machine to paint
our building and to donate all the labor as well. Shane wastes no time, the painting will begin Saturday, June 18!

Week of June 20-25:

A big thank you to everyone who turned out to help with the painting of the building on Saturday, June 18.
It looks great! Shane Pope, of Shane Pope's Tae Kwon Do, and his friends did a great job! Shane was
aided by Jackie Lewis of Sign World of Auburn and Ron and Charles Maddox of M & M Home Repair/Maddox
Construction. Volunteers on hand were Jerry Robertson, Betty Orrick, Teddy Hampton, Leigh Warren and
Janie Baird. We also thank all the media who came out including WRBL Channel 3, WTVM Channel 9,
WSWS TV-66 and The Opelika-Auburn News.

Most of the exterior painting is done now but we still have some touch up work to do and to paint our existing doors
if we can't get new doors donated.

"Famous Amos" is finishing the window tinting.

Sides Drywall will start hanging sheet rock soon on our new interior office.

We are continuing our search for floor covering and carpet as well as a company to pave our parking lot.

Janet Brown of Faux Biz is helping us chose new interior paint colors to coordinate with our new exterior and
is designing some new faux painting for our lobby.

Jackie Lewis of Sign World of Auburn is working hard to design our new signage which will combine logos with
visuals of the Red Cross in action.

OUR WISH LIST: Parking lot paving, carpet/flooring, new exterior doors, roof repairs,
lighting/electrical help, blinds/window coverings, office furniture, computer equipment,
tables, chairs and kitchen appliances. Of course monetary donations are always appreciated.

If you can help us, please call 334-749-9981. Thank you for supporting our Chapter and our mission.

The following are articles written by Executive Director Jennifer Ryan and published in The Opelika-Auburn News:

Walking In Their Shoes

A couple entered my office this week. Survivors through and through. Their home, a home she had lived in since she was a little girl, burned to the ground a few days earlier. Faulty wiring was the culprit. Still smelling of smoke, they came to us. Fishing really, just to see if there was anything we could do for them. Still in shock, not realizing just what it was they needed. This couple touched my heart. They all do, but something about them made me feel very protective. I wanted to make the pain go away and give them back what they had lost. Of course, that was not in my power. I couldn’t replace the years of hard work it took to fill that house. The photos, the mementos, the dishes, clothing, furniture and so much more were gone and there was no insurance to replace them.

What I could do seemed minimal at best. I offered vouchers for food, clothing and a hotel stay. I gave them some clean up supplies and toiletries and offered the services of a professional counselor. But my heart ached because I just couldn’t fix this, try as I might. And for a brief moment I let myself walk in their shoes.

How would I handle it if I were in their situation? Being the daughter of a firefighter it was not the first time I asked myself this question. Would I have the positive attitude they displayed? Would I truly feel fortunate just to escape with just my life? Where would I start in trying to salvage my worldly goods? How long would it take me to recover? Who would I go to for help?

So, if I can’t fix it, what can I do? What can we all do?

We can do our best to lead them to the path of recovery. We can look out for our neighbors. We can offer a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear. We can support agencies that offer assistance. We can train and prepare and volunteer to make our community stronger. And just once in a while, we can take a minute to walk in someone else’s shoes.

That gives us perspective and allows us to relate to one another. It builds empathy and respect and reminds us that we are not immune to all the calamities life has to offer. It humbles us and if we let it, it will breed an air of peace and contentment in our souls.

The Lee County Red Cross is a United Way agency that offers disaster preparedness and relief, armed forces emergency services, blood collection and supply, health and safety training, utility assistance for elderly and disabled citizens, youth services and more. To find out how you can get involved, call us at 334-749-9981 or visit our website at


We Must Build Ourselves Up To Help Others

As a parent, I know how it feels to neglect ones-self. We worry about our children, often neglecting our own needs
in the process. We can’t help this of course. It’s instinctual. I even do it for my pets. I might not have anything for
my own dinner and it has been three years since I bought a new outfit, but my child is well fed, has every toy known
to man, and you can bet I stopped by the vet’s office on the way home for my dog’s arthritis medicine.

As the Director of a Non-Profit, I am just as guilty at work. Our agency focuses so much on what we need to do for
the community that we often neglect our own needs. Some of this is out of necessity. Our dollars are limited and
they just don’t stretch as far as they used to. By the time we meet our client’s needs, there never seems to be much
left over for staff, equipment and facilities. However, if parents run themselves in to the ground, they will be no good
to their children and the same holds true for our non-profits. If our building crumbles, where do our neighbors go
when they need help?

Thanks to some wonderful volunteers and local businesses, the Red Cross building is getting a face lift. Our
Chapter House, obtained by a generous donation by Westpoint Stevens, is a 1929 building that many knew as
a grocery store and a post office before we inhabited it. In 1995 it was renovated enough for us to move in.
However, virtually nothing has been done to it in the last 10 years and the leaks and squeaks can no longer be
ignored. Adding to the normal wear and tear is some hurricane damage that now causes one office to flood every
time it rains. Our insurance claim was denied and the irony of that would be funny if it wasn’t so frustrating.

Les Letlow from The Letlow Company and Jackie Lewis from Sign World have stepped in to donate their
professional services. Jackie has been busy recruiting contractors and getting the supplies we need
donated or obtained at reduced rates.

First on the job was Ron Maddox of M&M Home Repair. He is wrapping our old windows in aluminum and
hopefully his part of the job will bring an end to that leaky window causing the flooding. Next we will need to
scrape and paint the building. Jackie is designing new signage that will make our building a true representation
of the services we offer.

There is still much to be done and we need the help of our community to make it happen. Contractors can
donate materials, time and expertise. Suppliers can donate materials like paint, paint supplies, carpet, tools,
floor covering, doors, refreshments and more. Individuals can scrape old paint, pressure wash sidewalks and
steam clean carpets. Civic clubs and church groups can help get this work done in record time. If you want to be
a part of this effort, we welcome you with open arms. Our goal is to move quickly and to finish up in the next month
on the smallest budget possible.

The Lee County Red Cross is a United Way agency that offers disaster preparedness and relief, armed forces
emergency services, blood collection and supply, health and safety training, utility assistance for elderly and
disabled citizens, youth services and more. To find out how you can get involved, call us at 334-749-9981 or visit
our website at


Lee County Red Cross Holds 4th Annual Art Auction

Thanks to everyrone who made this event a success, over $9,000 was raised with our partner :

Opelika - The American Red Cross, Lee County Chapter held its fourth annual art exhibition
and auction presented by Regency Fine Art of Atlanta on Saturday, June 4, 2005. The event was hosted
by Flip Flop Foto on 116 South 8th Street in Opelika. A preview of the art and silent auction will began at
5:30 p.m. and the live auction started at 6:30 p.m.

The silent auction featured pieces by local artists, gift certificates and gift baskets donated by local
individuals and businesses. There was also have jewelry, restaurant certificates, Auburn sports memorabillia
and even a long weekend at a million dollar home in The Highlands, NC up for auction.

Tickets to the auction were just $10 per person. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were served along with wine and cheese.
There were also be door prizes provided by Regency Fine Art.

The event featured serigraphs, lithographs, etchings, oil paintings, watercolors and celebrity sports
memorabilia by regional, national and international artists. Bids started at just $45.00 and 100 items started
under $200. All major credit cards and checks were accepted.

Mark your calendars for next year's event on Saturday, June 10, 2006. We will also hold a second day sale of left over art on Sunday, June 11. Don't miss it! For more information, please contact The Lee County Red Cross at 334-749-9981.

Annual Meeting Held June 9

The Lee County Red Cross held it's annual meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 12:00 noon at the Chapter House located at 206 26th St. in Opelika. The annual meeting was open to anyone who wanted to attend. At this meeting we elected our new board members, approved our budget and discussed the renovation plans for our Chapter House building. Lunch was served. Thanks to all who attended.

Summer Brings Shortages - Please Remember to Give Blood!

Did you know that:

More children and adults are injured every summer than at any other time of the year. Many will need blood transfusions or platelets to survive.
Blood donations significantly decline by 20% during the summer months because donors are on vacation. This shortfall causes severe blood shortages and needlessly jeopardizes lives.
In 2004-2005 your Red Cross brought in over 15,000 units of blood from Americans outside of the Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and the Mississippi Gulf Coast for patients in this area.
ONLY 4% of people who live in this region give blood, while nearly 70% are eligible. We shouldn’t have blood shortages.
Donors – ALL TYPES, BUT ESPECIALLY donors with type O blood – are urgently needed during the summer months.
For more information about where to donate blood, please call us at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit to find the nearest blood drive or donor center.

Remember, "Roll up your sleeve before you leave" on vacation this and every summer.
Have a great and safe summer!

The Lee County Chapter House hosts a blood drive every Wednesday from 12 - 6 p.m. There is no need to
make an appointment. Just come on in! We are also looking for schools, churches, civic groups and
businesses to host blood drives. Please call us today to set up a blood drive at 334-749-9981 or 1-800-766-8680.

American Red Cross Public Affairs in Disaster I

Friday, June 24, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CST)
At the Chapter House:
206 26th Street, Opelika, Alabama, 36801; 334-749-9981 (phone) • 334-749-8299 (fax)
You must be pre-registered to attend! This course is free to the public. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Course Overview: This course teaches participants to gather and organize information from a disaster scene; identify and discuss Public Affairs tasks that are performed on a chapter-level disaster response; how to successfully work with the media; the Red Cross policy regarding the media; and the process for working with the media before, during and after an interview and more. There is no fee for this course.

Prerequisites: Participants must have completed Introduction to Disaster Services (can be a self study). Completion of Family Services: Providing Emergency Assistance is recommended. Participants should also have public relations experience or skills.

About The Instructor: Jennifer Ryan has served as Executive Director of the Lee County Chapter since January of 2000. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. Jennifer is an American Red Cross Disaster Fundraiser and Public Affairs Officer.

Position Announcement:

The Lee County Red Cross is currently interviewing to add an Emergency Services Coordinator to our staff.
This is a full time, paid position that will be responsible for coordinating all disaster and armed forces emergency
services programs in Lee County Alabama. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Emergency Services or
a related field OR 5 + years of life experience in EMS, disaster response, military or related. Interested parties that
met or exceeded these qualifications faxed resumes and salary requirements to 334-749-8299, emailed them to or mailed them to the Lee County Red Cross at 206 26th St., Opelika, AL 36801. Resumes
were accepted through June 10. The Human Resources Committee met on June 14 to review resumes and select
candidates for initial interviews. The interviews will take place the week of June 20-25. We will continue to update
you on our progress and hopefully soon we will make the announcement of who will be our new Emergency Services

Lee County Chapter Celebrates Volunteers and Community Partners

The Lee County Red Cross held its annual volunteer and community partners awards celebration on April 21, 2005.
Our thanks go out to all who support the American Red Cross throughout the year
The following individuals and businesses were presented with awards for their involvement in 2004-2005.

Answering the Call Disaster Services Awards:
Each of these volunteers are members of our National DSHR system and accepted assignments for National Disasters and were deployed within this fiscal year.

Mary Anne Hampton Hurricane Frances, October 2004

Hurricane Ivan September/October 2004
Tropical Storm Bonnie/Hurricane Charley, August/September 2004

Teddy Hampton Tropical Storm Bonnie/Hurricane Charley, August/September 2004

Hurricane Ivan, October 2004
NW Florida Flooding, April 2005

Betty Orrick Tropical Storm Bonnie/Hurricane Charley, August/September 2004

Hurricane Ivan, September/October 2004

Jerry Robertson Tropical Storm Bonnie/Hurricane Charley August 2004

Hurricane Ivan, September 2004
Hurricane Jeanne, September/October 2004

Keith Ward Tropical Storm Bonnie/Hurricane Charley, August/September 2004

Community Partnership Awards:
Mandarin House Restaurant, Bodega, Outback Steakhouse, Char-Broil, Opelika-Auburn News
East Alabama Medical Center, Belk and United Way of Lee County

Student Awards:
Kathleen Buccleugh – High School Youth Award; Allison Cates – Communication Internship; April Hogue – Social Work Practicum

Outstanding Service:

In Project Share: Nancy Jonson

Armed Forces Emergency Services: Tonya Hollis

Blood & Biomedical Services: Catherine Adams

Disaster Services: Mary Anne Hampton

Authorized Provider Award: Reid Pope, Opelika Parks and Recreation

Health & Safety Education: Larry Gray, Lee County Youth Development Center

Board Member of the Year: Louis Hawkins

Chairman’s Award: Richard Byerly

Volunteer of the Year: Danny Tankersley


Danny is currently a board member and the chair of our audit committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee
and the Human Resources Committee. Danny is a past board chairman and disaster chairman as well as a disaster instructor.
Danny is a member of the Clara Barton Society and has been involved with the Heroes for Red Cross program since it began 4 years ago.

Danny is also a disaster volunteer and during Hurricane Ivan last year he served as our shelter manager for the Special needs shelter
that was set up at First Presbyterian Church of Opelika. Danny worked over 48 hours without relief during that operation at the most
critical shelter we opened. Clients at this shelter had medical needs that were not severe enough to be hospitalized but they still required
caregivers and special medical equipment. Danny’s only request when called upon to open a shelter was that he be in Opelika so he
could remain close to his family in case they needed him.

Danny is extremely busy with work, church and family but always finds time to give back to his community.
He is an active member of Farmville Baptist Church and is married to Lisa and the father of two children, Emma and Kyle.

Local Youth Group Recycles for the Red Cross
Funds are raised through the donation of old cell phones and ink cartridges

Opelika, AL – April 2, 2005 – The Lee County Red Cross youth group is celebrating Earth Day, April 21st, with a community recycling fundraiser. This spring local high school volunteers will be working with the Rocky Mountain e-cycle organization to implement a program that works to protect our environment and support our local Red Cross efforts. The recycling program will kick off April 7 and will continue as long as there is interest and support in the community.

The Rocky Mountain e-cycle organization is giving Red Cross youth groups across the nation an opportunity to collect old cell phones and printer cartridges in return for cash donations to their local American Red Cross Chapters. Most ink cartridges net the charity $1 and cell phones and laser/fax cartridges can bring in $2-$3 a piece. All the supplies and postage that are used to collect and send the donations are covered by the Rocky Mountain e-cycle group. This allows every penny raised to stay in Lee County to support vital community programs such as disaster education and response, support for local military families, health and safety training and utility assistance for the elderly and disabled.

“It is important that our citizens support our youth and get involved, not only for our community, but for our environment,” said Jennifer Ryan, Executive Director of the Lee County Red Cross. “Did you know that each laser cartridge that is recycled saves 3 quarts of oil, and that the plastics in printer cartridges can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill? This program is a great way to work together and protect our environment,” Ryan added.

Currently, the Red Cross is looking for locations such as schools, churches and businesses to be collection sites for the phones and cartridges. The Red Cross will provide all the collection bins and materials and will handle shipping the items collected. For more information, contact the Lee County Red Cross at 334-749-9981 at 206 26th St. in Opelika or visit the website at

Neighbors Give Life™ Campaign Challenges Neighbors Across the Country to Give the Gift of Life Through Blood Donations
State Farm®, the American Red Cross and Tim McGraw Band Together to Raise Public Awareness of the Need for Blood Donations
WASHINGTON, Thursday, March 31, 2005 — BLOOMINGTON, Ill., — Grammy-winning music sensation Tim McGraw, State Farm and the American Red Cross are challenging neighbors across the country to give blood by making an appointment to donate or by visiting their local blood drive.

From March 31 to September 5, the Neighbors Give Life campaign will raise awareness about the importance of giving blood and the difference that even one donation can make. Visit to learn more about the program, how to schedule an appointment and how giving blood makes a strong impact in local communities.
"As part of the Neighbors Give Life campaign, I’m encouraging people to donate blood and donate often," said Tim McGraw. "With State Farm and the American Red Cross, I challenge all people to give the gift of life and make a difference in their community and communities across the country by donating blood this year."

Something to Sing About
In 2005, State Farm is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross. The Neighbors Give Life campaign challenges people across the country to support the American Red Cross and the ongoing need for blood donations.
In addition to the blood donation challenge, State Farm is sponsoring the Neighbors Give Life Sweepstakes, so visit to enter for a chance to win. Prizes include:
Trip for two to the Country Music Association Awards
Trip for two to a Tim McGraw concert
Tim McGraw tour jackets (some autographed)
Tim McGraw "Live Like You Were Dying" CDs (some autographed)
Collectible Neighbors Give Life T-shirts (some autographed)
Collectible Neighbors Give Life wristbands
Winning participants will be notified instantly of their prizes. (No purchase or blood donation is required to participate in the sweepstakes.)
"We admire the American Red Cross and its continued efforts to make a difference in its local communities," said Edward B. Rust, Jr., State Farm Chairman and CEO. "State Farm and its 17,000 agents across the county are committed to building stronger neighborhoods. Neighbors Give Life does just that."

Small Donation, Big Impact
People commonly underestimate the need for blood and the difference that even one donation can make to ensure blood is available when and where it's needed. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The blood donation process only takes about one hour to complete. This small time commitment has a big impact since one donation could save the lives of up to three people.
To donate blood, individuals must meet the following general guidelines:
Be in good health
Be at least 17 years old, and
Weigh at least 110 pounds
"As much as 60 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood; unfortunately, only five percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do in any given year. The Neighbors Give Life Campaign is helping educate people about the regular and ongoing need for blood," said Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. "Every blood donation can help make a difference for someone in need of blood."
For more information about Neighbors Give Life or donating blood, visit

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About The American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of nearly 900 field units dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 70,000 disasters, trains almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and keeps U.S. military families connected worldwide. The American Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply (collecting more than 6 million units a year from volunteer donors) to patients in 3,000 hospitals across the country through its national network. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. The Red Cross must collect blood donations each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and individuals with blood disorders, and the organization works to accomplish this through its 36 Blood Services regions. Please call today to make your appointment to give the gift of life. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule your donation or to sponsor a blood drive. Marsha J. Evans is the President and CEO of the American Red Cross.

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Auburn Chamber of Commerce presents Lee County Chapter with Awards
AUBURN - January 27, 2005 - The American Red Cross, Lee County Chapter walked away with two awards at the recent Auburn Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held January 27 at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. Over 400 Chamber members and area business people attended the sold out event. The chapter received an Eagle award for its civic and charitable contributions to the community. Executive Director Jennifer Ryan was also presented with The Spirit of Auburn Award.

"I am completely surprised and shocked to receive this award", Ryan said. "I was aware that the Chapter would be receiving an award, but never expected this." The Auburn Chamber praised Ryan and all of the Lee County Chapter for their day to day work, but most notably the response to Hurricane Ivan. The chapter operated seven shelters and housed and fed almost 800 Lee County residents during Ivan.

Ryan asked Red Cross staff and Board members present to stand and be recognized during her acceptance speech. "I feel like a bandit receiving this award," Ryan commented. "There were over 100 people that helped in our response efforts, I was just one of them." Ryan concluded by saying "I am honored to serve such a giving community".

The Chamber awards come on the heels of another award received by a Red Cross staff member. Service Delivery Manager, Leigh Warren, was named "Woman of the Year" in October 2004 by the Opelika Business and Professional Womens Association.
Upcoming blood drives and classes:
Blood Drives:

Every Wednesday at the Red Cross Chapter House from 12-6 p.m.

Call if your business, church or group would like to sponsor a drive. The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for all blood types.

Our blood region serves the State of Alabama, the Florida Pan Handle and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We serve 108 Alabama hospitals and provide approximately 70% of Alabama's blood. We need to collect around 800 units per day to have an adequate supply.

Only 4% of eligible Alabamians give blood. Our region has to import over 15,000 units of blood each year to cover the shortage.
No one can give it for you! Please give the gift of life. Make giving blood part of your regular routine. You can give every 56 days.

Health & Safety Classes:
All classes will be held at the Red Cross Chapter House located at 206 26th St. in Opelika. Tuitions cover all necessary course texts and materials. Students must be pre-registered to attend. Call 334-749-9981 to register.

2005 Schedule
Tues., June 14 Adult, Child and Infant CPR, 6-10:30 p.m.; Tuition $39.50.
Thurs., June 16 First Aid, 6-9:30 p.m.; Tuition $25.00.
Tues., July 19 Adult, Child and Infant CPR, 6-10:30 p.m.; Tuition $39.50.
Thurs., July 21 First Aid, 6-9:30 p.m.; Tuition $25.00.
Tues., Aug. 16 Adult, Child and Infant CPR, 6-10:30 p.m.; Tuition $39.50.
Thurs., Aug. 18 First Aid, 6-9:30 p.m.; Tuition $25.00.
Tues., Sept. 20 Adult, Child and Infant CPR, 6-10:30 p.m.; Tuition $39.50.
Thurs., Sept. 22 First Aid, 6-9:30 p.m.; Tuition $25.00.
Tues., Oct. 18 Adult, Child and Infant CPR, 6-10:30 p.m.; Tuition $39.50.
Thurs., Oct. 20 First Aid, 6-9:30 p.m.; Tuition $25.00
Tues., Nov. 15 Adult, Child and Infant CPR, 6-10:30 p.m.; Tuition $39.50.
Thurs., Nov. 17 First Aid, 6-9:30 p.m.; Tuition $25.00.
Tues., Dec. 13 Adult, Child and Infant CPR, 6-10:30 p.m.; Tuition $39.50.
Thurs., Dec. 15 First Aid, 6-9:30 p.m.; Tuition $25.00.

Students wanting both CPR and first aid certification come on both nights and tuition is just $50.00.

CPR/First Aid Instructor Certification Class; Tuition $150.00. Call 334-749-9981 for details.

Dates and Times of Current and Upcoming Classes Offered by Lee County Red Cross

Basic Disaster Courses

Intro to Disaster
Mass Care Overview
Shelter Operations
Damage Assessment
Emergency Assistance
First Aid and CPR
Community Health and Safety Courses

CPR and First Aid Training - Always the third Tuesday and Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm-10:30 pm, at the Chapter House
Babysitter's Training
Infant and Child CPR
Adult CPR
Community CPR
Family Caregiving
Instructor Courses

Adult CPR
First Aid/CPR/AED

Course Schedule Summer 2005

ARC Summer Youth Internship Opportunity, Summer 2020
This 10 week internship will provide students, ages 14-17, with exploration of career possibilities and expand their knowledge about the world of work. The chapter will accept up to three candidates for a minimum of four hours of work a week. Duties include: answering the telephone and directing calls; greeting guests and clients to the chapter office; helping with correspondence; and assisting with registration and canteen at blood drives.
For more information and an application call Lee County Red Cross at 334-749-9981.

ARC Adult plus Infant & Child CPR Recertification Content Summary: Review--Recognizing and handling emergency situations, basic precautions for preventing disease, breathing & cardiac emergencies, and CPR until advanced medical help can take over. CPR certification must be current to be accepted into this class. Lee County Red Cross, 206 26th Street, Opelika 334-749-9981. COST: $25.00

Tuesday, May 17, 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 14, 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19, 4-6 p.m.

ARC Adult plus Infant & Child CPR Content Summary: Recognizing and handling emergency situations, basic precautions for preventing disease, breathing & cardiac emergencies, and CPR until advanced medical help can take over. The fee covers participant book, class materials and program fee. Lee County Red Cross, 206 26th Street, Opelika 334-749-9981. COST: $39.50

Tuesday, June 21, 6-10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19, 6-10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16, 6-10:30 p.m.

ARC First Aid Content Summary: Caring for sudden illnesses, identifying and caring for life-threatening bleeding, burns, injuries to muscles, bones, & joints, and heat & cold related emergencies. Meets OSHA Guidelines for First Aid. Lee County Red Cross, 206 26th Street, Opelika 334-749-9981. COST: $25.00 or $11.50 if taken with CPR training.

Thursday, June 23, 6-8:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 21, 6-8:45 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 6-8:45 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. If fees apply they must be prepaid to confirm your seat.
Classes have limited enrollment so early registration is recommended.