LOS ANGELES, August 26, 2021 — Last week many schools across the LA Region opened their doors and welcomed students back for in-person classes. While the pandemic morphs and changes with different strains, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region reminds students and parents that ensuring your safety includes disaster preparedness.
“Parents and kids are both eager to get back to normal and return to the classroom as a new school year starts,” said Guillermo Sanchez, Regional Preparedness Manager for the Red Cross in Los Angeles. “But don’t forget to make safety a top priority.”
Disasters often strike quickly and without warning. They are frightening for adults and can be traumatic for children. Your family may have to leave home and change your daily routine. Be prepared to give your children guidance that will help reduce their fears.
The Red Cross offers youth preparedness courses and programs to help children develop the skills and confidence they may need in an emergency. Our age-appropriate preparedness materials educate youth with engaging activities and easy action steps. Sign up for one of our free virtual emergency preparedness classes in English or Spanish.
DORM FIRE SAFETY
TAKE A FIRST AID CLASS The Red Cross First Aid App provides instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies whether it be before, during or after school. Download the app for free by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps. Learn and practice first aid and CPR skills by taking a course (redcross.org/takeaclass) so you can help save a life.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/la or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.