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Volunteers Get Prepped to Help Save Lives in Northern Colorado

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Preparedness saves lives and reduces losses.

On Dec. 6 and 7, about a dozen volunteers from Northern Colorado got trained to help save lives by preparing others in their community. 

The Red Cross led a special Preparedness Academy on December 6 and 7 in Loveland, where volunteers received all the training they need to start preparing businesses, youth and home owners in the face of disasters and emergencies. 

Preparedness saves lives and reduces losses; each dollar invested in disaster preparedness may save up to seven dollars in recovery expenses. Meanwhile, simple steps like having a working smoke alarm can cut in half your chances of dying in a home fire – the most common disaster to which the Red Cross responds. 

The training academy covered three primary areas of preparedness:

  • Ready Rating – A process to help businesses get better prepared for when a disaster affects them. 
  • Home Fire Preparedness Campaign – Helping reduce the risk of death in a home fire by half by working in high-need communities to test smoke alarms.
  • Youth Preparedness – Working with the youth in our communities to help them prepare for a disaster.