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Red Cross To Launch Readiness & Resilience Academy

The American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania will launch a “Readiness & Resilience Academy” to offer free, monthly training in emergency preparedness for those working in community, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.


The inaugural session, “Coping in Today’s World: Psychological First Aid,” will be held on Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Cross regional headquarters at 2801 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District.


“The courses offered through the Readiness & Resilience Academy will offer real-world solutions to allow those in the public and private sectors to better prepare for, and have the ability to recover more quickly from, disasters,” said Patricia M. Waldinger, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania.


The academy has been funded by a grant from the United Way of Allegheny County and will be provided by the American Red Cross and in collaboration with community partners such as the Salvation Army, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), emergency management agencies, and volunteer management organizations.


“We are most grateful for the grant from the United Way of Allegheny County,” said Mrs. Waldinger. “Without their support, this would not have been possible.”


“The Readiness and Resilience Academy builds upon the ongoing efforts of the American Red Cross to assist communities with preparing for and recovering after a disaster,” said Angela Reynolds, director of 2-1-1 and Helping Families Thrive with the United Way of Allegheny County. “The funding from the United Way supports this effort by strengthening existing partnerships, forming new partnerships key to the community focus, and identifying ways to more effectively and efficiently mobilize organizations, businesses, and community volunteers.”


Topics for future programs include Individual and Community Preparedness; Planning for Emergencies Behind the Yellow Tape (working with government): Incident Command; Disaster Assessment; Spiritual Care During a Disaster; Youth Resilience; and Support to Military Veterans and their Families, among others.


To register for the Jan. 27 course, call the American Red Cross at 412-263-3100 by Jan. 25. Free parking and lunch will be provided.