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Over 300 Scouts and Adults Attended 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair

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Hyannis, Mass, February 8th, 2012 – More than 300 Scouts and leaders and parents attended the 5th Annual Scout Emergency Preparedness Fair, held on Saturday January 7th, 2012 at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis.

For this Fair, the American Red Cross, Cape Cod and Islands Chapter teams up with the Cape Cod and Islands Council, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Massachusetts to put on the event. The Fair was made possible thanks to the generous donation of the Andrew S. and Katherine Y. Keck Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation. In addition, generous donations were made by Sunderland Printing, Wal-mart and several Stop and Shops across the Cape.

The Emergency Preparedness event provides Wolf, Bear, and Webelos scouts as well as Junior Girl Scouts and Brownies, with the opportunity to rotate through different activities.

There were 15 stations covered by the fair, including First Aid, Emergency Preparedness Kits, Poison, Choking, Water Safety, Car Safety, Rescue Breathing, Family Escape Plans, Heart Attack, Shock, Burns, Call for Help, Serious Bleeding. The Red Cross also had its Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) outside. There was also a station to write Thank you letters to the Troops which were distributed to CapeCodCares4TheTroops.

The stations were staffed by Red Cross disaster volunteers as well as members of the West Barnstable Fire Department, the Barnstable Police Department, Cape and Islands Boy Scout Council and the members from AmeriCorps Cape Cod.

The fair gives Scouts the opportunity to practice these life saving skills and apply their knowledge directly so they could earn their individualized Emergency Preparedness Awards. The fair follows guidelines for the Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scout Readyman badge, Emergency Preparedness Award, and the Junior Girl Scout Safety Award.

Some of the feedback from the Scouts included: "Great program/very informative", "Great flow, kept the kids interest", "All the scouts really enjoyed this!", "Presentations were excellent" "We love coming to this event- thank you!"

The Red Cross is not a government agency and does not receive federal or state funding. Local Chapters do receive some human resource support from the American Red Cross Headquarters, however, each Chapter is responsible for raising adequate funds to support all of its activities, including recruiting and training volunteers, and teaching life saving skills within its geographical coverage area. It relies on donations of time, money, and blood from the American public to successfully do its work.

To find out more about volunteering for the Red Cross, for disaster preparedness presentations on Cape Cod and the Islands, for class schedules, for disaster preparedness information in English, Spanish or Portuguese, or to donate, please contact the American Red Cross, Cape Cod Islands Chapter, 286 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601, call (508) 775-1540 ext. 21 or visit redcross.org/ma/hyannis.

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