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Save the Date to Save a Life

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, power outages 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 if there will be a disaster, but when will it happen. 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 Save-A-Life Saturday, on June 9th, 2012, the American Red Cross in partnership with Southern California Edison will be giving free presentations to help you learn crucial, lifesaving skills in disaster preparedness, basic first aid, and hands-only Citizen CPR. The classes are non-certified, shortened versions of Red Cross training courses, lasting approximately half an hour and offered multiple times throughout the day. Join us on Saturday June 9th at the Visalia Mall from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm to learn how to prepare you and your family, your business and your schools for a disaster. The training is FREE, so bring the entire family and enter to win disaster preparedness kits, and receive free giveaways and information.

This event is part of the American Red Cross Central Valley Region’s Prepare Central Valley initiative, sponsored in part by Southern California Edison, works to empower community organizations and local residents in the Central Valley with the skills and tools they need to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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 www.redcross.org or join our blog.