GLENDALE (Sept. 12, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter will hold a pair of disaster preparedness education workshops Thursday at Velma Teague Branch Library, located at 7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301. They’re free of charge from 5-5:45 p.m. and from 6-6:45 p.m.
The sessions will help individuals, families, organizations and businesses prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. They’ll cover a wide range of hazards and demonstrate the importance of preparing for emergencies, with topics including how to build an emergency preparedness kit, keep in contact during a disaster, plan an evacuation and prevent a fire. To preregister, contact Grand Canyon Chapter Community Outreach Coordinator Catrina Boppart at 602-336-6672 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information from the Glendale Office of Emergency Management, visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/emergencymanagement.
It’s National Preparedness Month in September, and the Red Cross is encouraging all West Valley households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they’re ready for the next emergency that might strike. Plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in the event of a sudden emergency, such as a fire or a flood; an out-of-area emergency contact person; and a location where everyone should meet if they’re unable to return home. All members of the household should work together on the emergency plan, and each person should know how to reach other family members. To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/prepare/nationalpreparednessmonth.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.