Exactly a year ago today Sint Maarten was hit by Hurricane Irma. About a third of the 20 million euros the Dutch raised for aid to the island last year, has since been spent. The money was mainly used to provide basic necessities - food, water and shelter, RTL Nieuws reports.
At least 12 people were injured during a fire in the Heycop home and care center in Breukelen on Monday evening. Eleven people were taken to UMC Utrecht's emergency hospital. The victims sustained various injuries, most of them smoke inhalation related, a spokesperson for the local safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht said to ANP.
Pay extra attention to the elderly during the coming hot days, the Red Cross advises. According to the aid organization, this vulnerable group is at risk of dehydration and overheating in the high temperatures expected for this week, NOS reports.
The 102nd edition of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse kicked off at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. A total of 44,480 people are participating in the four-day hike this year. The first day of hiking s known as the Dag van Elst, or the Day of Elst in English. Participants will hike through the Betuwe towards Arnhem and the come back to Nijmegen via Bemmel, covering 30, 40 or 50 kilometers.
2,951 hikers did not show up on Tuesday morning - 300 more no-shows than last year, De Gelderlander reports.
Nearly 40 percent of Dutch have no plan in place for what to do if they can't get into their home due to fire, gas leak or evacuation, according to a study by the Red Cross. Many Dutch people will not have access to important information, like telephone numbers and insurance policies, if they can't get into their home, ANP reports.
Serious Request star Tijn, a terminally ill boy who raised over a million euros for the Red Cross with his nail polish fundraiser, now has his own monument in the Red Cross' new office in The Hague. The 6-year-old boy is commemorated with a wall full of nail polishes. Tijn's parents and brother officially opened the monument by placing the last three bottles of nail polish on Tuesday, almost a year after Tijn's death, NOS reports.
The Red Cross advices King's Day celebrators drinking alcohol to remember to also eat well. Every year Red Cross first aid workers treat many people who get into trouble due to alcohol consumption in combination with little food and fatigue, the Telegraaf reports.
The aid organization also advises partiers to wear comfortable shoes on King's Day to prevent blisters.
There will be first aid posts at most events throughout the Netherlands, for people who do need help. The Red Cross is present in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Den Bosch, among others.
A massive 58 percent of Dutch people are unwilling to resuscitate someone they don't know, the Red Cross announced based on a study by Kantar Public. The aid organization calls this worrying, NU.nl reports.
Less than a third of Dutch that don't have first aid experience are willing to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to resuscitate someone. That percentage is much higher among Dutch with first aid experience - 75 percent.
The Red Cross calls on Carnival celebrators to dress warmly in the coming days. The cold weather combined with alcohol consumption can quickly lead to hypothermia, according to the aid organization, NU.nl reports.
A study by the Red Cross revealed that only about a third of Dutch can recognize all symptoms of hypothermia immediately. So the aid organization decided to share tips on how to avoid it.
3FM's annual Christmas fundraiser Serious Request raised 5.02 million euros by the time the Glass House in Apeldoorn closed on Sunday. This amount may still increase, as some fundraising actions are still ongoing, NOS reports.
The money raised this year is going to the Red Cross, who will use it to find missing children and reunite families torn apart by war or disaster.
NPO 3FM's Serious Request 2017 kicks off in Apeldoorn on Monday night. DJ's Angelique Houtveen, Domien Verschuuren and Sander Hoogendoorn are set to arrive in the Gelderland city by train at 3:00 p.m., and at 8:00 p.m. Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission, will lock them into the Glass House. This year 3FM's annual fund raiser is raising money to help the Red Cross reunite families torn apart by disasters or conflicts, according to the Serious Request website.
The Red Cross team in Yemen and Dutch TV maker Floortje Dessing lived through a harrowing night filled with bombardments in the Yemen capital of Sana'a. "The bombardments go on and on. It's a massive noise. You can also hear people screaming outside", Red Cross spokesperson Merlijn Stoffels said to NOS.
The team is currently waiting for the route from the Red Cross bomb shelter to the airport to be safe, Stoffels said. "We're stuck here, we can do nothing but wait." Red Cross employees elsewhere in Sana'a are investigating the route.
A number of Sint Maarten residents will receive hardware store vouchers within a few weeks so that they can get the necessary supplies to repair their homes damaged by hurricane Irma, a spokesperson for the Red Cross said to NU.nl. The vouchers will be distributed to the most vulnerable people on the island, according to the spokesperson.
At 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations officially launched the national fundraising action for Sint Maarten, Saba and Eustatius, who were all hit by devastating Hurricane Irma last week. The action "The Netherlands helps Sint Maarten" is a collaboration between the Red Cross and Dutch broadcasters RTL, NPO and SBS.
The Red Cross' fundraiser to help the people of Sint Maarten after the devastating Hurricane Irma, Giro 5125, raised over 4.3 million euros so far. And the donations keep coming in, the Red Cross announced on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.
Sint Maarten can count on a financial contribution from the Netherlands to help it recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday evening, according to Metro Nieuws. He did not mention any amounts.
King Willem-Alexander will visit Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba on Monday to see the aftermath of Hurricane Irma with his own eyes, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said on Curacao on Sunday afternoon, ANP reports.
The Red Cross started raising funds to support the victims of Hurricane Irma, which caused massive amounts of damage on the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Estatius and Saba on Wednesday. Donations to Giro 5125 can be made from the Red Cross website.
Hurricane Irma took at least six lives on Saint-Martin, the French part of the island that also includes Sint Maarten, broadcaster Franceinfo reported on behalf of the French government. Thus far no information is available about victims in the Dutch part of the island, the Telegraaf reports.
The Red Cross activate its "I'm safe and well" website for the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba in preparation for Hurricane Irma, which is set to hit the Dutch islands during the course of the morning.
An increasing number of Dutch are not willing to provide first aid to strangers on the street, according to a study Kantar Public did on behalf of the Red Cross. The aid organization calls this a "dangerous development", because in the case of serious accidents, the first few minutes can be vital, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Red Cross in the Netherlands will soon be using virtual reality films in their first aid courses. The aid organization thinks that this will help students better envision an emergency situation so that they can learn how to deal with it, NU.nl reports.
The virtual reality films will first be used during an attempt to break the world record for the largest first aid course on Dam square in Amsterdam on September 9th. The current record stands at 1,795 participants. The Red Cross hopes to get up to 2,500 people.
With a cold King's Day expected tomorrow, the Red Cross published a few tips on how to avoid hypothermia. Dress warmly, avoid alcohol, eat and drink something warm every now and again, and keep moving, the Red Cross advises.