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Illinois Capital Area Red Cross Celebrates a Year of Preparing Families

Our disaster education helps encourage our community to take a few moments to be prepared for any disaster that comes their way.

Members of the American Red Cross are often seen in the news: at the scene of a house fire, flood or other natural disaster. Volunteers are always there to help people find shelter, reunite with family members and put their lives back in order. The key to minimizing loss of life, personal injuries and suffering from natural or man-made disasters is public awareness, education and advance preparation.

The Illinois Capital Area Chapter offers free disaster education presentations to local schools, businesses, and organizations. By preparing local citizens on how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies in the safest way possible, the Red Cross helps ensure a better-prepared, safer central Illinois.

“Preparedness is at the heart of our mission,” said Colleen Stone, Chief Executive Officer. “After a disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is one of the first on the scene to assist, and we know that those individuals and businesses that are prepared for emergencies recover more quickly. Our disaster education helps encourage our community to take a few moments to be prepared for any disaster that comes their way.”

Last year, the Red Cross reached 15,878 individuals in our community with Community Disaster Education. During Red Cross Month, the Illinois Capital Area Chapter would like to schools, churches, neighborhood watch groups, retirement homes, business or any other public or private organizations to call the Red Cross today and ask for a free presentation. Topics can be general or hazard specific, for young children, senior citizens, or ages in between.

Those interested in scheduling a presentation should contact the local Red Cross at (217) 787-7602.