The Red Cross continues to build on its reputation as a top provider of first aid, CPR/AED, water safety and other training by updating courses, providing instruction in new areas and using the latest technology to help the public be prepared for emergencies.
Every year, the Central Pennsylvania Region teaches people the lifesaving skills they need to protect themselves and their families, including first aid, CPR and water safety. We offer these trainings in multiple ways: online training, traditional classroom settings and full-service courses where we bring the training to your workplace or organization.
Last year, 38,505 individuals in central Pennsylvania learned critical skills through Red Cross Preparedness, Health and Safety Programs, including first aid/CPR/AED, caregiving, babysitting and water safety/aquatics.
The Red Cross is leading the way in using the emerging power of digital technology to get information to people at the right place and time, launching apps for iPhone and Android devices to aid during tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and more.
1,321,804 Central Pennsylvanians downloaded the new Red Cross Preparedness Apps, bringing safety information to their mobile phones, or used technology to access preparedness, health and safety training.
Preparing People and Communities
The Central Pennsylvania Region also teaches families, organizations and corporations how to be prepared for emergencies through free educational presentations. Last year 50,110 people attended community disaster education and preparedness programs throughout the Central Pennsylvania Region. Through the efforts of dedicated Americorps Members, the American Red Cross Serving Central Pennsylvania reached hundreds of senior citizens with specialized information about how disasters impact seniors and those with functional needs.
In addition, we assisted with a variety of other outreach and education programs, reaching 4,513 people through community programs (e.g., senior assistance, youth programs).