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American Red Cross to Teach Tracy Residents How to Save a Life

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More than one in four people (27 percent) have been in a situation where someone needed CPR.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Tuesday, June 4, 2013 — On Saturday, June 22, the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter will offer FREE Hands-Only CPR training sessions, AED demonstrations, and disaster planning information at the West Valley Mall in Tracy as part of Save-a-Life Saturday.

Hands-Only CPR sessions will be held at the West Valley Mall from 11:00am until 3:00pm. In addition to CPR training, volunteers will be on site sharing information about how to plan for disasters, including how to put together a disaster kit, how to make an emergency plan with your family, and special disaster activities for kids.

Visitors who complete the CPR training session, or who visit the disaster information booths will be entered into a drawing for a deluxe emergency preparedness kit.

Save-A-Life Saturday provides an opportunity for the public to get better prepared for disasters that can happen at home, the office or at school. In 2010, a Red Cross survey found that more than one in four people (27 percent) have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. Hands-Only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. It is best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person suddenly collapse. The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside medical settings.

For more information about Save-a-Life Saturday or to find out when full CPR and first aid classes are offered, visit www.redcross.org/capitalregion.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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. The Capital Region Chapter serves an eleven-county region including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, eastern Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo counties. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/capitalregion or follow us on Twitter @RedCrssCRC.