The American Red Cross has been working hard to help our communities become more prepared. One program, to a make Dauphin County and nearby areas an “American Red Cross Safe Community,” has led to the implementation an effective, life-saving, Public Access Defibrillation program.
The goal of the program is to place AED machines strategically in community locations along with training. Studies clearly demonstrate that early defibrillation is the key to surviving a sudden cardiac arrest. Most victims of sudden cardiac arrest will die unless a “Chain of Survival” intervention occurs within 10 minutes, including:
This spring, with the help of funding from the United Way of the Capital Region, AEDs were distributed to 17 United Way agencies that are gathering places in the communities they serve. Some of these organizations are Boys and Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Area YMCA, Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region and the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg.
Last year, AED units were donated to the PA State Police and other first responder organizations, such as police and fire departments, as part of the Dauphin County Gaming Local Share Municipal Grant to the American Red Cross from the Dauphin County Board of Commissioners, with advice by the Dauphin County Gaming Advisory Board.