SANTA ANA, Calif. – To help families think about and be prepared for disasters, the American Red Cross hosted a free Family Safety Day on March 2 at the Garden Grove Community Center with nearly 200 in attendance.
The day included preparedness presentations, demonstrations on compression-only CPR and First Aid, as well as a puppet show. This was followed by a bike safety lesson where eight bikes were raffled. Festivities ended with a resource fair that showcased community resources and services related to preparedness. Freebies of the day included a family emergency kit and a lunch from In-N-Out Burger.
The event, which was also sponsored by State Senator Lou Correa and Edwards Lifesciences, offered families the tools and knowledge needed to prepare their homes and families for emergencies.
While Family Safety Day was designed to help everyone be prepared, it was part of an outreach effort to help low-income families learn that being prepared does not have to be costly or complicated.
“We want to make sure they have the tools needed to keep their families safe,” said David Nguyen, the community outreach manager who was in charge of the event. “We wanted to host a day where they could come and learn about preparedness and have fun with their families.”
“The Family Safety Day was an opportunity for families to come together for a day of valuable take-home tools on disaster preparedness and safety awareness,” said Sen. Correa, “Being prepared in a case of emergency will ensure that we keep our families and homes safe.”
Other sponsors of this event included: OCAPICA, Think Together, Edison International, Horizon Cross Cultural Center and Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance.
For additional preparedness information, or to schedule a free preparedness workshop for your business or neighborhood, please visit redcross.org/oc.