Hawthorne, N.Y. May 30, 2023 - In partnership with the Finkelstein Memorial Library, the American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter will host “Prepare Spring Valley,” a day-long community event on Sunday, June 11, 2023, featuring safety courses, family readiness training, refreshments, prizes, and more. “Prepare Spring Valley” is free to the public and open to residents of all ages.
“At the American Red Cross, we know all too well the devastating impact that disasters like home fires and hurricanes, as well as other unexpected life events, can have on the communities we serve. That’s why community preparedness – which can minimize the impact of these emergencies – is such a priority for us,” said Stephanie Dunn Ashley, CEO, American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter. “We are proud to partner with the Finkelstein Memorial Library, elected officials and community partners to bring a day of free Red Cross readiness training in multiple languages to more individuals and families.”
“At the Finkelstein Memorial Library, we are committed to providing the highest quality service to people of all racial and ethnic groups, ages, circumstances and interests by providing the most timely and accessible resources. This is why we are incredibly proud to partner with the American Red Cross to provide this critical training to the public and support everyone with the tools they need to live in a safe and secure environment. We hope everyone will join us as we prepare our village,” said Laura Wolven, Library Director, Finkelstein Memorial Library.
“I am extremely grateful for everything the American Red Cross does here in the Hudson Valley and across America not only to respond to emergencies but also to help families be prepared. Emergency preparedness saves lives and I’m proud to see the Red Cross and the Finkelstein Memorial Library working to ensure Spring Valley residents understand the essentials of how to stay safe. The Red Cross is also offering courses in English, Spanish and Creole, reflecting the incredible diversity in Spring Valley. I strongly encourage my constituents to mark your calendars and make a plan and attend on June 11.The educational resources offered by the Red Cross will help ensure you and your family are safe today and every day,” said Congressman Mike Lawler.
“As a former police officer, I can’t stress enough the value that comes with being proactive, rather than reactive, during an emergency. I applaud the Red Cross and Finkelstein Memorial Library for teaming up to provide families with life-saving information that will help residents plan ahead to be prepared during a crisis,” said Ed Day, Rockland County Executive.
"I'm proud to join and support the American Red Cross for this important event. Knowing what to do in an emergency is critical when you unexpectedly find yourself in a life-or-death situation where every second counts. I encourage everyone that can participate to be there and learn how to prepare themselves,”said Senator Bill Weber.
“I commend the effort and partnership that the Red Cross and The Finkelstein Memorial Library have established in helping with the education and preparedness of the community. Having a better understanding of resources available when circumstances arise while also being prepared for unexpected events is crucial to overcoming as well being able to help our neighbors in distress. I invite all members of our Rockland community to take part, as these trainings are made available in multiple languages that best represent our rich diversity,” said Assemblyman John W. McGowan.
Date: Sunday, June 11, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley, NY
SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION
See the event and course schedule below. WALK-INS WELCOME
Register now at 845-352-5700 ext. 244 or www.finkelsteinlibrary.org/adult-programs
Be Red Cross Ready & HANDS-ONLY CPR
Hands-only CPR is a life-saving technique that involves chest compressions on a person who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest. This training provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, and how to respond to and recover from them. For kids and adults ages 13 and up.
- 1- 3 pm – Spanish
2-4 pm – Creole
3-5 pm – English
International Humanitarian Law
Today armed conflicts are ongoing around the world. At times it may seem that there are no rules in war. Fortunately, there are rules in war, and they can make a difference. Even War Has Rules is a dynamic discussion of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and how it governs armed conflict. It will address topics such as: the sources of law and rules that apply to armed conflicts; the fundamental principles of IHL that guide the development of these rules; and how IHL protects people and places during armed conflicts.
- 1-2 pm English
4-5 pm Spanish
FREE SMOKE ALARMS & HOME HEALTH VISITS
Teams from the American Red Cross Home Fire Program and the Rockland County Department of Health will visit homes to provide a health check and install provide a fire safety visit, including the installation of FREE smoke alarms by trained Red Cross volunteers. Residents of Spring Valley can sign up at www.soundthealarm.org/mnyn or sign up at the library on June 11 for a same day installation.
- All day, English, Creole and Spanish
Additional activities will include:
- Meet pet therapy dogs from Paws for a Cause
Learn more about volunteering with the Red Cross and programs they offer for Services Members and Veterans.
FOR THE KIDS: Special visit from Pedro the Preparedness Penguin
For additional information and to register, call 845-352-5700 ext. 244 or www.finkelsteinlibrary.org/adult-programs
The Red Cross and Finkelstein Library are grateful for the support of this event from Congressman Mike Lawler, Senator Bill Weber, Assemblyman John McGowan, and Rockland County Executive Ed Day.
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.
About the Finkelstein Memorial Library:
The Finkelstein Memorial Library is a free public library founded in 1917, now serving 130,000 people in the East Ramapo Central School District of Rockland County, New York. Finkelstein Memorial Library has a continued commitment to lifelong learning and educational support. Learn more at https://finkelsteinlibrary.org/ and follow us on Facebook
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