The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region and Farmers Insurance gave L.A. residents the opportunity to learn Hands-Only CPR – a vital, potentially life-saving skill – recently, in downtown Los Angeles. Over 100 people actively participated in the event in Grand Park, across from city hall, while dozens of other spectators watched the training.
The Red Cross provided manikins and skilled instructors, helping dozens learn this technique that everyone can learn in a few simple steps.
The March 1 event was timed to launch the start of Red Cross Month and is the first of a number of activities that will highlight the Red Cross’ broad range of services throughout the month. The City of Los Angeles, represented by Councilman Tom LaBonge, presented a proclamation to the Red Cross and Farmers Insurance, in acknowledgement.
“It is the mission of PrepareSoCal to prepare residents of Southern California to plan for, survive and recover from a major disaster. Hands-Only CPR is a skill that can save a life – yours, a family member, a neighbor or a stranger. Together with Farmers Insurance, we were pleased to offer this Hands-Only CPR training to over 100 people who participated,” said Paul Schulz, CEO of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region.
In addition to the Hands-Only CPR training , the same event offered people an opportunity to learn more about preparedness for disasters, sign up to donate blood and sign up for health and safety classes, as well as getting exposure to the event’s co-host Farmers Insurance.
“We invited everyone to take a tour of the Farmers Insurance Mobile Claims Center, one of three that is deployed to a disaster at a moment’s notice,” said Todd Brooks, Farmers Head of Distribution, Central Zone. “It is equipped with state-of-the-art satellite communications, claims service equipment, supplies and food to help customers and non-customers alike at disasters.”
“An event of this size enabled the Red Cross to create a ‘mob’ of CPR-trained citizens,” said Schulz. “Instead of spending their time on lunch break, one-hundred people spent their time learning Hands-Only CPR. Time will tell how many lives will be saved as a result.”