October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
American Red Cross volunteers responded to two home fires in the past week in Rockford and Sterling and provided assistance to four people by supplying them with items to meet immediate needs after a fire, and additional support in the form of health and mental health services and one-on-one support.
Visit redcross.org/fire for information on setting up your home fire escape drill and to learn more about home fire safety. Download our free Emergency app by searching for “American Red Cross” in app stores or visiting redcross.org/apps.
Please call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) if you or someone you know needs assistance after a home fire or local disaster.
October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and every second counts when helping someone in cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time, often without warning. In fact, 70% of cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals in the U.S. each year. While it primarily occurs in adults, more than 300,000 people die as a result of cardiac arrest every year in the United States. Having lifesaving skills and training can go a long way to keeping your loved ones safe in the event of cardiac arrest, as every minute that defibrillation is delayed, the person’s chance of survival is reduced by 10%. Watch a video about Hands-Only CPR: Click here.
How to Sign Up for Classes
Red Cross training can give you the skills and confidence to act in an emergency. You will learn how to perform CPR, what to do for heart attacks and other emergencies. Visit redcross.org/takeaclass for online and in-person courses and don’t forget to download the free Red Cross First Aid app and activate the First Aid Skill for Alexa-enabled devices.
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 or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.