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Hundreds Attend 2013 Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Academy

St. Louis Red Cross, Preparedness Academy Event Photo
The attendees at Academy walked away with the skills they need to develop a plan—so that if an emergency or disaster happens tomorrow, they will be ready.

More than 250 people attended the 2013 American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Academy held March 28, 2013, at Edward Jones in Maryland Heights. The annual Academy helps businesses, schools and organizations develop and refine their emergency plans.

This year, preparedness experts addressed an array of topics during the day long summit sponsored by Edward Jones and Anheuser-Busch. The National Weather Service presented a session on improving tornado and severe weather warnings, security professionals demonstrated survival techniques in response to an active shooter, and authorities from the FBI spoke about cyber security and personal safety.

In addition, educational leaders led sessions on best practices for maintaining student well-being during a crisis, the safety risks to schools from non-structural earthquake and tornado damage, and bullying prevention with a student-centered approach to malicious behaviors.

Red Cross health and safety experts demonstrated how to save a life through hands-only CPR, how to aid a conscious choking victim and how to use an AED.

“The attendees at Academy walked away with the skills they need to develop a plan—so that if an emergency or disaster happens tomorrow, they will be ready,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “Whether it is a tiny church or a major corporation, they are joining the Red Cross in creating a more resilient community.”

We recognized five outstanding community makers by awarding them our first annual Community Preparedness and Resiliency Award. This year's awardees include:

  • David Newburger
  • International Institute
  • Kathy Gutmann, Hazelwood School District
  • National Baptist Convention
  • St. Louis Area Regional Response Systems (STARRS)
  • Academy participants also examined the latest products to make workplaces, schools, homes or community buildings better equipped for disasters.

    View Academy 2013 photos.

    To view Academy 2013 presentations, choose a title below, and click:

  • In lieu of Special Agent Frazer’s presentation:
  • - Information on and reporting portal for Internet fraud.
  • - Information on computer security
  • - FBI Parent's guide to Internet safety.
  • Community Resilience Strategy - Jacquie Yannacci, Community Preparedness and Resiliency Services, American Red Cross
  • Impact Based Warning Project for Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings - Jim Kramper, National Weather Service
  • Introduction to Map Your Neighborhood - Greg Hempen, State of Missouri
  • Why People Survive Catastrophic Events - Mark Bagby, Washington University
  • Life Safety Risks to Schools from Non-Structural Earthquake and Tornado Damage - Michael J. Griffin, Creative Construction Solutions Group
  • Pulling Together: The Story of Baton Rouge Community College After Hurricane Katrina - Dr. Myrtle Dorsey, St. Louis Community College
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Response to Joplin - Mike Minicky, CSP, OSHA
  • Preparing Employees for Emergencies Away from Work - Mark Schuerman, Monsanto
  • The Virtual Operations Support Team for Disaster Response - John Orlando, Emergency Management Consultant
  • School Evacuation and Family Reunification - Jason Matlock and Julie Young-Burns, Minneapolis Public Schools, Office of Emergency Management, Safety and Security
  • Run, Hide, Fight! video – Surviving an Active Shooter, Ready Houston
  • Active shooter resources - Includes videos, brochures and trainings, Department of Homeland Security
  • Faith-Based Disaster Relief Plan for Our Community - Gwen Vicari and Jim McAfee, Belleville Assembly of God
  • Hands Only CPR – American Red Cross
  • Bullying: Prevention and Response - Meg Petri, Progressive Youth Connection
  • Francis Howell Central is Bully Free: A Student Centered Approach to Bullying - Jeremy Rohrbach, Francis Howell Central High School