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Red Cross Teaches Lifesaving Skills Statewide

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In a life threatening situation,performing Hands-Only CPR is better than doing nothing at all.

American Red Cross chapters throughout the State of Florida are hosting events that will teach untrained bystanders how to respond when someone is suffering a life threatening emergency. Citizen CPR is a hands-only, life-saving 30 minute CPR technique. These events are part of the “Prepare Florida” campaign that launched on March 1.

“Prepare Florida” is a three-year landmark campaign to educate and empower hundreds of thousands of Floridians about how to take necessary action to care for themselves, their families and their neighbors and educate our citizens about what to expect during and after a disaster or life threatening event.

Included in the plans of the campaign is the goal to train 500,000 people in lifesaving first aid, CPR and AED skills over the next three years.

Research has shown that continuous Citizen CPR can be effective in caring for a person with no signs of life when a rescuer is unable, untrained or unwilling to perform full CPR. The best way for a bystander to help is by calling 9-1-1 and using Hands-Only CPR. It’s simple to do and there’s no mouth to mouth contact. In a life threatening situation,performing Hands-Only CPR is better than doing nothing at all.

There are no prerequisites or minimum age to participate in the course. The Citizen CPR training is not intended to substitute for a formal training course. Citizen CPR is a non certified course.

Florida Red Cross chapters are partnering with companies, healthcare systems and the media to provide this free course to the public:

Hollywood

• Lincoln Financial Media and Memorial Health Care is sponsoring a two hour Citizen CPR event on Saturday, March 15 from 10am-1pm at Memorial HealthCare South, 3600 Washington Ave., Hollywood.

• This event will honor Pamela Rauseo whose nephew was saved by the use of Red Cross CPR skills on the Dolphin Expressway.

• Media partners 101.5 LITE FM, WMXJ – Magic 102.7fm and The Ticket sports talk station will participate and promote the event.

Davie

• Tuesday, March 25th, Citizen CPR, 8.00 am to 3:00 am

• University School of Nova Southeastern University, 3375 SW 75th Ave., Davie

Ft. Myers

• Saturday, March 15th, CITIZEN'S CPR, 9:00 am to noon

• American Red Cross Ft. Myers Office, 7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite 110, Fort Myers

• 10 - 15 minute sessions FREE to everyone

• For more information, call (239) 278-3401

Naples

• Saturday, March 15th, CITIZEN'S CPR, 9:00 am to noon

• American Red Cross Naples Office, 2610 Northbrooke Plaza Dr., Naples

• 10 - 15 minute sessions FREE to everyone

• For more information, call (239) 596-6868

University of South Florida Tampa Campus

• USF Citizens CPR Day, March 25

• In the atrium of the Marshall Student Center

Tampa

• “Learn to Save a Life on your Lunch Break”, March 28 – every half hour beginning at 11am until 1pm.

• American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter, 3310 West Main St., Tampa

• For more information, call (813) 348-4820

Sarasota

• “Learn to Save a Life on your Lunch Break”, March 28 – every half hour beginning at 11am until 1pm.

• American Red Cross Sarasota Office, 2001 Cantu Court, Sarasota

• For more information, call (941) 379-9300

Port Charlotte

• “Learn to Save a Life on your Lunch Break”, March 28 – every half hour beginning at 11am until 1pm.

• 866 Tamiami Trail, Suite 8, Port Charlotte

• For more information, call (941) 629-4345

For more information, visit redcross.org/prepareflorida.

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.