Community Invited to Canal Health and Safety Day 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 4, 2012) — The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, along with community-based organizations, schools, and agencies serving the Canal, is proud to sponsor the Canal Health and Safety Day 2012 on Saturday, October 6 in San Rafael.

This free event is open to the public and is part of the Binational Health Week that seeks to empower Latino youth and families to become more active in improving their health and personal emergency preparedness.

Residents will receive free health screenings and information on community resources, have access to low-cost flu shots, as well as learn the basic tenets of emergency readiness, including what to do in the event of a fire or earthquake and receive hands-only CPR training. Entertainment and food vendors from the community will also be present at this community-wide event.

New to the Canal Health and Safety Day 2012 is the free hands-only CPR training, a non-certified life-saving skills training that was launched by the American Red Cross in 2011 to train over 5 million people in this vital skill. Recent research shows that if more people learned hands-only CPR, we could increase the likelihood of cardiac arrest survival by putting more victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance.

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is providing the hands-only CPR training free-of-charge to residents as part of its recently launched Ready Neighborhoods initiative, an innovative multi-year initiative with the goal of increasing community disaster resilience in 50 targeted communities throughout the Bay Area. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has selected the Canal as a targeted community and is supporting our community partners serving the Canal to improve community health and increase disaster preparedness.

Sponsors include: the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, First 5 Marin, Canal School Readiness Program, Marin Head Start, Health Initiative of the Americas, Canal Alliance, Catholic Charities CYO, San Pedro Health Start, Parent Services Project, Marin Health and Wellness Campus, Marin County Health and Human Services, Marin Community Clinics, Kaiser Permanente, and Healthy Marin Partnership

What: Canal Health and Safety Day 2012

When: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

Where: Bahia Vista School, 125 Bahia Way, San Rafael, CA 94901

About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter: As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Shemaria, elizabeth.shemaria@redcross.org, 415 940-3392

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