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Volunteers Help Prepare Families at Health and Fitness Expo

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Red Cross has tools and resources available to help families before, during and after a disaster.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region helped families become better prepared for emergencies and disasters during the 2nd Annual NBC 4 New York and New York Giants Health & Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium on July 19 and 20. 


During the two-day expo, volunteers at preparedness booths and out in the crowd were able to reach thousands of people with Red Cross preparedness information. Volunteers talked with families about how to build an emergency kit, create a family disaster plan and demonstrated the free Red Cross First Aid and disaster mobile apps. 

“The Red Cross has great tools and resources available to help families know what to do before, during and after a disaster,” said Paul Gass, regional preparedness manager, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “The NBC 4 New York and New York Giants Health & Fitness Expo was a great opportunity to share those resources and arm a large number of people with valuable preparedness information.” 

The New York Football Giants 4th Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive, presented by Bob’s Discount Furniture, was held on Saturday, July 19 during the expo and hundreds of donors lined up to give the lifesaving gift of blood. Blood donations are critical during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

Volunteer Health and Safety instructors held free hands-only CPR classes in the Lexus Club on Saturday and Sunday, where they trained expo visitors how to respond to cardiac emergencies. 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.


The Red Cross wants everyone to be prepared for potential disasters and other emergencies. These events can strike suddenly, anywhere and at any time. Taking steps now can help make a difference during a disaster or other emergency. For information on how you can prepare you and your family for disasters visit

Download the Free Red Cross Mobile Apps. The Red Cross suite of free mobile apps puts expert first aid and disaster preparedness information in the palm of your hand, including what to do before, during and after disasters. The apps are available for iPhone and Android devices. Spanish-language apps are also available. See all the Red Cross Mobile Apps and their features at

Sign up for a Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED Course. Learn lifesaving skills by taking a Red Cross course. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, the CPR/AED course teaches how to properly administer CPR and utilize an automated external defibrillator (AED) to provide immediate care during a cardiac or breathing emergency until medical personnel arrive. Learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies including cuts; burns; head, neck and spinal injuries; and more during the First Aid course. Find a course near you.

For more information about donating blood, or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in New Jersey), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.