Earlier this month, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region held a PreparePalooza to train volunteers to build a more prepared and resilient community. More than 60 volunteers attended this disaster capacity training event to gain more knowledge in disaster response and emergency preparedness.
Opening up the event was a presentation to lay the foundation of what preparedness is, and how the cycle is about prepare, respond, and recover. The Red Cross has such training in being “Red Cross Ready” in cases of hazards such as home fires, hurricanes, and flooding.
Volunteers also received Hands-Only CPR training, which covered how to perform CPR using only chest compressions, presented by Jason Fermin and Alan Smith. Volunteers learned how to identify if a person is conscious and if needed, give continuous chest compressions until help arrives.
Smith, board chairman of the Red Cross Central New Jersey Board of Directors, showed a great sense of appreciation to be able to bring this training technique to the day’s volunteers. He noted the biggest takeaways from the class were that volunteers “gained self-confidence should a situation develop where they are in need of doing hands-only CPR.”