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Red Cross Urges People to Take Action

2014-09-03 - Denver - Red Cross urges Coloradans to Take Action During National Preparedness Month
The Red Cross urges individuals, families, businesses and organizations to take specific actions to get better prepared.

The American Red Cross is partnering with agencies and organizations throughout Colorado to promote emergency preparedness during September, which is National Preparedness Month. In 2014 the Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of saving lives in Colorado and thus has dubbed its National Preparedness Month campaign “Save a Life September” in honor of the historic milestone.

The Red Cross urges individuals, families, businesses and organizations to take specific actions to get better prepared during the month of September, including learning CPR and/or First Aid, making an emergency plan, practicing your emergency plan, or participating in America’s PrepareAthon or one of the many preparedness-related events taking place in September.

Media and the public are invited to attend a variety of Red Cross-supported preparedness events throughout the state in September, including:

  • Sept. 6 - Northern Colorado Emergency and Family Preparedness Expo – Loveland
  • Sept. 6 - Lake Dillon Fire Safety Expo – Silverthorne
  • Sept. 9 - Be Red Cross Ready Workshop – Colorado Springs
  • Sept. 11 - Resiliency and Response Community Exercise – Online
  • Sept. 11 – CPR “Flash Mob” at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs
  • Sept. 13 - Colorado United Day of Service – Statewide service activities in Colorado
  • Sept. 20 - Free Community Preparedness Workshop – Denver, CO
  • Sept. 20 – Univ. of Colorado at Boulder – Interactive Hands-only CPR display, Boulder, CO
  • Sept. 27 - Pikes Peak Zombie run and Preparedness Fair – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Sept. 30 – Rocky Mountain Business Preparedness Academy – Denver, CO
  • Sept. 30 – America’s PrepareAthon - statewide
  • The Red Cross will also be providing free CPR/First Aid/AED classes to emergency responders and community preparedness leaders in several areas hard hit by 2013 Colorado Floods. The classes will be delivered in Ward, Estes Park, Nederland and Lyons – communities that found themselves cut off by flood waters and whose residents requested Red Cross first aid and CPR training to improve their ability to respond to future emergencies. The classes are not open to the general public, but media are welcome to cover the trainings. Please contact Patricia Billinger at 303-607-4766 to obtain access.

    Finally, Red Cross workers will also be participating in the following Colorado United Day of Service events on Sept. 13 in commemoration of the 2013 floods:

  • Cyclists for Lyons
  • St. Vrain Moving Forward
  • Salina Community Event
  • Evans Picnic
  • Jamestown Community Celebration
  • Additional information is available on redcross.org/Colorado-prepare.

    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/colorado, or join our blog at http://coloradoredcross.blogspot.com.