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Red Cross Provides Free Emergency Preparedness Training on Staten Island

Red Cross Provides Free Emergency Preparedness Training on Staten Island.

Red Cross workshop leader Catherine Lague speaks before about 100 participants at the first of three disaster preparedness sessions held at Canterbury House Saturday. (Photo: The Office of Councilwoman Debi Rose)

As we know all too well, disasters large and small can strike our area, sometimes at a moment’s notice.

The American Red Cross Greater New York Region’s Centennial Circle organized a Community Preparedness Event sponsored by New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose Sat. June 22. Held at Canterbury House on Staten Island, the one-hour emergency preparedness training class had approximately 120 participants, who learned the necessary skills to be prepared before an emergency occurs.

“As we know all too well, disasters large and small can strike our area, sometimes at a moment’s notice,” said Catherine Lague, Assistant Director, Community Outreach & Preparedness, for the Greater New York Region. “That’s why being prepared beforehand with the right emergency supplies and a well-conceived plan is so important.”

After the class, each attendee received a free emergency “Go Bag” with some basic emergency supplies from the Red Cross.

The Centennial Circle, which organized the event, is a group of women leaders dedicated to making preparedness a part of every New Yorker’s life.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.