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NEWS RELEASE · 20th December 2012
Canadian Red Cross
The Red Cross is urging Canadians to prepare for the end of the world this week. After surviving a near-miss when Halley’s Comet failed to be pulled into Earth’s orbit in 1986 as predicted, and avoiding the ruinous effects of Y2K, Earth’s inhabitants again face the prospect of a calamitous end of the world.

"The Red Cross urges Canadians to be ready to take care of themselves and their families for 72 hours in any emergency," said Denis Dion, national director of disaster management with the Canadian Red Cross. "Two-thirds of Canadians say they have not taken steps to prepare for a disaster."

Various organizations are predicting the end of the world December 21, with scenarios including geomagnetic reversal, collision with an interplanetary object, destruction by a supernova, and global annihilation as predicted by the Mesoamerican calendar.

"While NASA scientists assure us the world will not end on Friday, disasters can and do happen every day in Canada," adds Dion. "The Red Cross encourages Canadians to prepare for more commonplace emergencies like house fires, natural disasters and epidemics."

The Red Cross recommends every household have the following items in an emergency kit:

Water: 2 litres per person per day, to last 72 hours

Food: non-perishable food for each family member, to last 72 hours

Manual can opener

Crank- or battery-operated flashlight and radio, with extra batteries

Extra car and house keys

First aid kit

Cash in small bills

Special needs items like medications, baby supplies and equipment for people with disabilities

Last year, the Red Cross helped more than 46,000 people affected by disasters across the country. Canadians wishing to help their surviving neighbours can donate to the Canadian Red Cross at www.redcross.ca, by phone at 1-800-418-1111, or at their local Red Cross branch.

View News Release on the Red Cross Website Here
It's December 22nd...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 22nd December 2012
..and I'm still here!!
WHAT on EARTH is Red Cross doing?!
Comment by Maggiejo Johnson on 20th December 2012
According to the Bible....not even the SON of GOD knows the date/time of the end of the world...when Jesus added that only God the Father is privy to that.

Isn't the Myian calendar simply noting a change of era?

I was fairly shocked to see the Red Cross went on an interesting bandwagon trip on this one. Pretty disappointingly embarassing, but I'm not surprised.
Let me help....
Comment by Janice Robinson on 20th December 2012
Last chance today!

For those of you who truly believe the end is nigh..
tomorrow! Allow me to take your unnecessary cash off your hands today. No need to pay January's rentmortgage, Hydro/telephone/internet bills!

I am counting on having a Merry Christmas with loved ones......so, feel free to forward your leftover cash to my bank account. Contact me for relevant bank info.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Too funny Helmut.....
Comment by Cynthia on 20th December 2012
At first I thought this had to be wrong until I checked their own web page. I wonder if all the Red Cross Volunteers feel this way? Maybe someone at the top of the food chain? Can they really advertise their personal beliefs under the heading of this organization?
I think I will post something ...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 20th December 2012
...here the day after tomorrow.
Seriously....
Comment by Ada on 20th December 2012
If the world is coming to an end do we really need all of that stuff?