Hundreds Attend 2013 Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Academy
The attendees at Academy walked away with the skills they need to develop a plan—so that if an emergency or disaster happens tomorrow, they will be ready.
More than 250 people attended the 2013 American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Academy held March 28, 2013, at Edward Jones in Maryland Heights. The annual Academy helps businesses, schools and organizations develop and refine their emergency plans.
This year, preparedness experts addressed an array of topics during the day long summit sponsored by Edward Jones and Anheuser-Busch. The National Weather Service presented a session on improving tornado and severe weather warnings, security professionals demonstrated survival techniques in response to an active shooter, and authorities from the FBI spoke about cyber security and personal safety.
In addition, educational leaders led sessions on best practices for maintaining student well-being during a crisis, the safety risks to schools from non-structural earthquake and tornado damage, and bullying prevention with a student-centered approach to malicious behaviors.
Red Cross health and safety experts demonstrated how to save a life through hands-only CPR, how to aid a conscious choking victim and how to use an AED.
“The attendees at Academy walked away with the skills they need to develop a plan—so that if an emergency or disaster happens tomorrow, they will be ready,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “Whether it is a tiny church or a major corporation, they are joining the Red Cross in creating a more resilient community.”
We recognized five outstanding community makers by awarding them our first annual Community Preparedness and Resiliency Award. This year's awardees include:
Kathy Gutmann, Hazelwood School District
National Baptist Convention
St. Louis Area Regional Response Systems (STARRS)
Academy participants also examined the latest products to make workplaces, schools, homes or community buildings better equipped for disasters.