More than half of Dutch don't know what to do if they are caught in a terrorist attack, or think that they will respond incorrectly, according to research by the Red Cross. Of the 700 Dutch the Red Cross questioned, 55 percent don't feel confident to give first aid, RTL Nieuws reports.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is calling on all Dutch to take a first aid course and so make the Netherlands safer. He made this call in a Red Cross video for a campaign drawing attention to the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency, RTL Nieuws reports.
"Let us make sure in this way that we make the Netherlands safer and help each other", Rutte said in the Red Cross video. "That is really something we can do as a society."
Dutch people are often unprepared to handle extremely cold weather, according to a study done by the Red Cross. The organization calls on people to be more attentive, because proper preparation can save your life, RTL Nieuws reports.
At least 27 people fell ill at a New Year's celebration in the Friesland town of Damwoude around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. They suffered from stinging eyes and breathing difficulties, NU.nl reports.
The affected people were taken to a a sports hall where they were examined and treated by Red Cross workers. No one was sent to the hospital.
According to broadcaster NOS, two party attendees got into a fight and one of them opened a canister of tear gas. The police are still investigating what substance was involved.
The vast majority of people in the Netherlands have no idea what to do to give first aid if someone's eye is hurt by a firework, according to the Red Cross. The aid organization launched a website with the most important thing to do with different firework injuries until professional help can be reached.
According to the Red Cross, 77 percent of the population do not know how to give first aid for eye injuries caused by fireworks. And only 13 percent gave the correct answer on a detailed follow up question on the subject.
Young parents in the Netherlands are flocking to first aid courses. They want to be able to save their child's life in case of an emergency, De Stentor reports.
Between 2013 and 2016 the number of people taking first aid courses in the country increased from 9 thousand to about 65 thousand. Belinda van der Graag of Red Cross Netherlands attributes the growth mainly to increased publicity the Red Cross gave to first aid in recent years.
The 3FM Glass House Serious Request action will be in Apeldoorn next year. DJ Michiel Veenstra spoke with Apeldoorn Mayor John Berends on Thursday, who said that the radio station is "incredibly welcome" in his city
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs "strongly" condemns a bombing attack on an aid convoy in the Syrian province of Aleppo. According to him, the bombing "resembles a war crime", he said from New York on Tuesday, where he is attending the UN General Assembly
The first aid posts along the route for the second day of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse are so busy on Wednesday that the Red Cross had to call in extra volunteers, a spokesperson for the Red Cross said to NU.nl.
Participants of the Vierdaagse marches walking 30 and 40 kilometers on Wednesday, were allowed to start 30 minutes earlier due to a heat warning in effect for Gelderland and Brabant. The organizers of the largest multi-day walking event in the world decided to allow the earlier start as the second day of the marches passes through those two provinces
Afternoon temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius in the coming days triggered the National Heat Plan for the provinces of Gelderland, Overijssel, Noord-Brabant and Limburg. National public health institute RIVM advises residents and visitors to these provinces to be prepared and stay cool
The first participants in the 100th edition of the Vierdaagse in Nijmegen started their march on the 55 kilometer route at 4:00 a.m. this morning. Over the next four days 50 thousand people will march through the Betuwe and the Gelderland town of Est, passing Huissen, Arnhem and the dike between Oosterhout and Lent, and over the Waal bridge in Nijmegen, to end where they started - the Wedren,
The money raised in this year's radio marathon Serious Request on NPO 3FM will go towards the global fight against pneumonia in young children. "It is a silent disaster that takes a child's life every 35 seconds", the Red Cross said on the public radio station on Tuesday
The Giro d'Italia cycling race drew over 575 thousand spectators during the four days it was in the Netherlands - from the team presentation in Apeldoorn on Thursday to the third stage in Nijmegen on Sunday, the organization announced.
The Dutch branch of the Red Cross has begun a national fundraising campaign to provide aide to 42 million people in multiple African nations, all suffering from food and water shortages. Affected countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, all succumbing to a lack of rain caused by the El Niño weather pattern.
At least 34 people were killed and another 230 injured in targeted attacks on Belgium Tuesday morning. Two bombs were detonated in a departures hall at the Zaventem airport there, causing 14 deaths and wounding 100. The others were killed or hurt when a bomb went off inside a subway car at the city’s Maalbeek metro stop near European Union offices and several media agencies.
A group of about 20 rescuers are nearing the spot in the Norse mountains where 13 Dutch hikers sent an emergency call on Friday morning. The rescuers are approaching the spot on foot and on snowmobile.
The Red Cross is urgently looking for at least 1 thousand extra first aid volunteers to help out with the asylum seekers as well as upcoming events
King Willem-Alexander paid a visit to the asylum center in Ter Apel with State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff and the manager of the COA, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers, on Tuesday
The crowdfunding campaigns to rescue the Admiraal de Ruyter Hospital in Zeeland and the for the Beam smart lightbulb projector are number one and two one Crowdfunding Hub's list of the top 12 crowdfunding campaigns in the Netherlands in 2015.
Radio station 3FM and the Red Cross' annual fundraising action Serious Request raised more than 7.5 million euros this year. While this is a large amount of money, it still falls short of the 12 million euros raised last year and the 12.3 million euros raised in 2013
The Dutch Red Cross firmly denies reports that their volunteers refuse to help refugees on principle. According to the aid organization, there has not been a single case of this happening.
The call for volunteers by the Red Cross in mid-September to aid with refugees across the Netherlands has been heard and answered by more than 20 thousand people. At that time, the Red Cross had access to 6,500 volunteers for assisting in asylum seeker-related issues, but now the total is over 27 thousand.
The Red Cross' call for volunteers on Monday has had a massive effect - 6,500 volunteers have registered with the Red Cross in one day, doubling their volunteers to a total of 13 thousand.