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Red Cross Reaches Out to LA’s Skid Row

Skid Row Workshops
“We wanted to reach out to our extremely low income citizens to ensure they know what to do to help themselves and each other during a disaster.” - Whitley Donsereaux, Red Cross Americorps member

Nearly 300 Skid Row residents in downtown L.A. learned how to prepare for a major disaster at a series of presentations held the week of Sept 17.

Preparedness workshops were conducted at 10 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) properties as part the Red Cross’ PrepareSoCal campaign to prepare all Southland residents for a major emergency.

“We wanted to reach out to our extremely low income citizens to ensure they know what to do to help themselves and each other during a disaster,” said Red Cross Americorps member Whitley Donsereaux, who coordinated the workshops.

The presentations included information on the types of risks facing the region, as well as how to create a cost-efficient emergency kit and develop an evacuation plan. To help residents begin the planning process, the Red Cross gave each resident a free, personal first aid kit.

SROs provides permanent housing and supportive programs and services to recently homeless, low-income individuals to help them re-integrate into the workforce. Red Cross is working with SRO properties, shelters, and women’s shelters on an on-going basis with the intent to create a partnership with the Skid Row community.

The workshops were scheduled in September to coincide with National Preparedness Month.