Senior Preparedness | Stroudsburg | American Red Cross of the Poconos

Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Seniors

The Emergency Preparedness Workshop is geared specifically toward seniors in order to become better prepared in the event of a disaster or emergency situation. Topics include learning how to “Be Red Cross Ready” as well as the importance of having a personal support network in place when disaster strikes.

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Be Red Cross Ready

Seniors will learn that in order to “Be Red Cross Ready” they should have a kit, make a plan and be informed. A checklist of important tips will be discussed in order for seniors to have the knowledge and necessary skills to be “ready.”

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Personal Support Network

Having a personal support network in place is very important. This network, made up of several individuals including family members, friends, neighbors and others, is key to the well-being of seniors during an emergency situation. Seniors will learn several important factors to discuss and implement with a personal support network.

This free workshop is approximately 45 minutes and participants learn about preparedness in a fun and engaging manner. Each participant takes home preparedness information and several items to help them put together their disaster plan and emergency kit.

For more information

For more information or to schedule a workshop, please contact Gail Toscano at (570) 476-3896 or

A Word of Thanks to Our Workshop Funders

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In August 2012, the United Way of Monroe County presented an $8,000 check for emergency preparedness and education to the American Red Cross of the Poconos.

The grant was part of a $200,000 statewide donation and joint initiative between Shell Oil Company and United Way of Pennsylvania to address long-term and unmet recovery needs as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Funds from this grant will be used to present the Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Seniors.

“We are very grateful to Shell Oil Company, the United Way of Pennsylvania and our local United Way for this assistance to our disaster services program. The American Red Cross is proud to be able to present our Emergency Preparedness Workshops, so that senior citizens will be able to be better prepared to cope with future natural and human-caused disasters,” said Jim Rienhardt, executive director of the Poconos and Wayne Pike Chapters.