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.