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American Red Cross To Help Bakersfield “Be Red Cross Ready”

Are you and your family prepared to take care of your own needs for the first 72 hours of a disaster or an emergency? The most common disasters in the Central Valley are home fires and wild fires. Due to the extreme lack of rainfall this year, we are anticipating extreme fire potential this summer. We know it’s not a matter of if, but when will the next disaster will strike. Will you be ready when the time comes?

The American Red Cross Central Valley Region is working every day to ensure our communities are ready for emergencies by training individuals in lifesaving skills. By fostering a culture of readiness through personal preparedness and collaboration between local organizations, communities become much more resilient and are able to quickly recover following a disaster.

At Be Red Cross Ready Bakersfield, on June 30th, 2012, the American Red Cross in partnership with local corporations Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc., IKEA, Pacific Gas & Electric and Chevron will be providing a free community event where you can learn how to build an emergency preparedness kit, create an evacuation plan, install and maintain your carbon monoxide and smoke alarm, use a fire extinguisher, and learn lifesaving skills like CPR and First Aid. Join us on Saturday, June 30th at the Junior League of Bakersfield, 1928 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm to learn how to prepare you and your family, your business and your schools for a disaster. This event is FREE, so bring the entire family and enter to win disaster preparedness kits, emergency radios, and first aid kits.

All attendees will receive FREE preparedness information, giveaways, and lunch. The first 150 families to attend will receive a FREE carbon monoxide and smoke detector combo!

“Preparing ahead of time will help you respond better in a disaster or emergency, and may even save your life,” says Alex Villa, Regional Preparedness Manager “Prepared citizens help to create prepared communities. And two great ways for people to help prepare our community are by volunteering or attending this event.”

For more information please contact Alex Villa, Regional Manager, Community Preparedness & Resiliency Services at (559) 455-1000 or

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog.