The American Red Cross is offering free hands-only CPR and preparedness trainings at the second annual Aurora Preparedness Fair held by O.M.E.G.A Responders on Saturday, Sept. 7, in the parking lot at the Gardens on Havana.
The free CPR sessions will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will teach participants how to recognize an emergency, call for help, assess the need for CPR and administer chest compressions.
In addition to the hands-only CPR, the Red Cross is also offering a “Be Red Cross Ready” preparedness course at noon. The course provides a one-hour overview on how to prepare yourself, your household and your community to be ready for and resilient during disasters.
The trainings are free but space is limited to 20 people per class on a first-come-first served basis.
“The public knows that the Red Cross responds to the call for help when disasters strike, but the Red Cross is also dedicated to helping people prepare for, prevent and respond to emergencies on a daily basis,” said George Sullivan, Director of Community Preparedness and Resilience for the American Red Cross of Colorado.
The preparedness fair is one of many events taking place in September as part of National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign that helps individuals and communities learn how to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters.
Disasters can range from the individual medical emergencies that strike every day – such as sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the U.S. – to wide-scale disasters that affect an entire community. The free Red Cross training aims to provide an introduction to some of the skills, training and knowledge that could save lives during such emergencies and help individuals be more resilient in the face of disasters.