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American Red Cross Helps Community Stay Safe and Healthy


While the Red Cross has gotten a lot of attention for the rescue and recovery efforts it’s leading in Nepal, it hasn’t lost its primary focus locally—helping the people of the Northern Miami Valley area stay healthy and safe. Consider, in the past weekend the Red Cross has:

• Taught Stop, Drop and Roll Fire Safety courses to elementary-aged children during “Healthy Kids Day” events in Miami, Shelby and Darke counties. The courses, which taught kids what to do during a fire, were in partnership with the YMCAs in each of those counties.

• Participated in an Emergency Management Agency disaster exercise in Russia, participating in the Emergency Operations Center, canteening and testing communications. These exercises, which help the Red Cross and local EMA and their partners coordinate their efforts so planning and execution of activities during a real disaster go smoothly.

• Taught First Aid/CPR courses in Troy, Ohio, in the last nine months, the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross has taught health and safety courses to more than 3,600 people in the six counties it covers (Darke, Shelby, Miami, Logan, Champaign and Clark).

“The Red Cross is involved in a lot of different areas—service to the armed forces, helping people in disasters, teaching people to swim or save lives, donating blood—but at the heart of all our serves is making communities stronger, helping our neighbors, making the world a better place,” says Lynne Gump, Executive director of the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter. “Only by the gifts of our donors with the talent of our volunteers, are we able to make this possible.” To learn more how you can volunteer go to www.redcross.org/NMVO or call your local American Red Cross office.