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Red Cross Celebrates National Preparedness Month

American Red Cross Celebrates National Preparedness Month

Disaster Program Manager Susan Pope Meets with OCC students on Community Preparedness Day in Syracuse.

It was wonderful to see all of our lines of service represented on one day and under one roof.

The American Red Cross of Central New York celebrated National Preparedness Month with two major events Sept. 14 and Sept. 18 at the new Red Cross of CNY office at 344 W. Genesee St. in Syracuse.

On Sept. 14, the Red Cross offered a free Babysitter’s Training class to about 10 students ages 11 to 15 from the Syracuse area. Babysitter’s Training from the American Red Cross builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies.

Funding for the instruction and materials for the students was provided by The KeyBank Foundation Scholarship Program. Thank you to our partners at KeyBank!

On Sept. 18, the Red Cross of CNY hosted the first blood drive at its new office in conjunction with Community Preparedness Day. Blood Services exceeded its goal by collecting more than 10 units of blood, and staff is hoping that the drive laid the groundwork for future drives at the new office that’s in a prominent spot in downtown Syracuse.

In addition to the blood drive, Red Cross staff and volunteers were at the office throughout the day to help visitors develop their Family Disaster Plan, learn how to build an emergency kit, and get more information about CPR, First Aid and other life-saving courses.

The Red Cross also hosted a “Ready When the Time Comes” (RWTC) workshop for select area businesses. RWTC, the Red Cross’ corporate volunteer program, trains employees from partnering corporations and mobilizes them as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.

The day also featured free blood pressure screenings offered by trained medical technician and Red Cross volunteer Frank McDowell, and Disaster Program Manager Susan Pope met with several students from a Homeland Security class at Onondaga Community College to explain how the Red Cross responds to disasters.

“It was wonderful to see all of our lines of service represented on one day and under one roof,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Operating Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “We’ll continue to work toward making it an event we can offer Central New York residents on a regular basis.”