Monday, 9 June 2008

Numbers to Know

Police: 112

Information: 100, 120

Airport: 01628120

Beirut port: 01-580211

Tourist police: 01-343209

Red Cross: 140

Civil defense: 125

Fire department: 175

General security: 1717

Boulos Meamari and Haitham Suleiman, the martyrs of Lebanese red cross in july 2006

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Simple Steps to Safety

•Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.). Keep a list of key telephone numbers and addresses near the phone. If there has been a major disaster, use the phone only if it is absolutely necessary. Emergency crews will need all available lines

•Teach children how and when to call 140 or your local emergency medical services number for emergency help.

•Teach children how to make emergency phone calls to reach out of town family contacts.

•Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.

•If you live in a house, show each family member how and when to turn off the supply of water, gas, and electricity at the main switches. Make big easy-to-see signs identifying breaker panel, gas and main water supply and post the signs at those locations.

•If you live in an apartment building, show everyone in your family the location of the emergency exits. Install a fire alarm and a fire extinguisher. Explain when and how to use it. In a fire or other emergency, do not use the elevators. You will be trapped in the elevator if the power goes out. Determine a building emergency plan, what to do if an alarm sounds and how to safely evacuate the building.

•Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.

•Get training from the Red Cross, Civil Defense, and other emergency service providers. Train each family member on using the fire extinguisher and show them where it is kept.

•If you can install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Mission statememt

The goal of the Lebanese Red Cross is to disseminate peace, serve the society, and alleviate human suffering with neutrality and without any racial, sexual, social, religious or political distinction.

The Lebanese Red Cross carries out the following in accordance of it's mission statement:

* The Lebanese Red Cross acts as an auxiliary to the medical services of the Lebanese Army during armed conflicts, in all fields mentioned in the Geneva Conventions, and provide help for all the victims of war whether military or civilians. LRC is also involved in making necessary emergency preparations and acts as an auxiliary to the public health services in all the fields mentioned in the Geneva conventions during peace.

* Participates in efforts aiming at improving health, preventing disease and alleviating the suffering of all people through rehabilitation and solidarity programs that meet the needs on both national and local (community) levels.

* Organizes urgent (emergency) relief services for the victims of all kinds of disasters.

* Recruits volunteers and trains them to accomplish different tasks appointed to the Lebanese Red Cross.

* Encourages the participation of children and youth in the Lebanese Red Cross activities.

* Disseminates the Fundamental Principals of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the International Humanitarian Law in order to spread the spirit of peace, understanding and respect among the people, especially the youth and children.