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Red Cross Hosts "Family Fun Day" Feb. 28 in Syracuse

Red Cross Central New York Family Fun Day
Family Fun Day will provide a fun and relaxing way to get your family prepared for a natural or man-made disaster.

Scooch, the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team’s lovable mascot, has been added to the lineup for the American Red Cross of Central New York’s “Family Fun Day” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Red Cross office at 344 W. Genesee St. in downtown Syracuse.

Family Fun Day is for family members of all ages to learn how to be prepared for an emergency or natural disaster through age-appropriate activities, games and trivia. Scooch will be available for photos and autographs from 2 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and free off-street parking is available in the visitor and Red Cross parking lots.

“Having Scooch at Family Fun Day reminds us that baseball season – and spring – are just around the corner,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Western & Central New York Region. “Unfortunately, disasters and emergencies have no season, and we hope families will come out Saturday so they can learn how to always be safe at home.”

Family Fun Day will have activities for all members of the family:

• Adults and older children can receive “Be Red Cross Ready” disaster preparedness education from a trained Red Cross instructor. Through entertaining trivia games, participants will learn three important steps – Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed – that will get them ready for natural or man-made disasters from home fires to major snowstorms. There will be two training sessions for adults and older children starting at approximately 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m.

• Children ages 8 through 11 can participate in the “Pillowcase Project,” a preparedness education program that provides information about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills in emergency situations. Sponsored by Disney, the Pillowcase Project teaches children how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase that they can decorate and personalize (pillowcases will be provided at the event).

• Younger children will enjoy games and coloring. All children will receive a free “3DayOK” coloring book that reinforces the message that we need to have enough supplies available to shelter at home for up to three days following a large-scale emergency. Learn more about the 3DayOK initiative at

If You Go

What: Family Fun Day

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28

Where: American Red Cross, 344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse

Why: Learn how to be prepared for a natural or man-made disaster through activities, games, and prizes for all family members.

Cost: Free

Parking: Free in the visitor lot off Wallace Street or the Red Cross lots at end of Wallace.

Why March?

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters in this country every year. It also provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply; and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

Red Cross Flag Raised at Syracuse City Hall

At 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will proclaim March 2015 as American Red Cross Month during a ceremony at City Hall, 233 E. Washington St., Syracuse. Mayor Miner will read a Red Cross Month proclamation and be joined by Western & Central New York Region CEO Rosie Taravella and Red Cross volunteers as Mayor Miner raises a Red Cross flag at City Hall.