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Brought up Mar 4, 2010

Prepare for Earthquakes, Massive Snow Storms and Tsunamis with your local American Red Cross

With all the recent news about earthquakes, massive snow storms, and tsunamis, it’s normal to start questioning your emergency preparedness. It doesn’t take a news worthy disaster to need CPR and other various first aid techniques. Any parent, guardian or pet owner should be well versed in what to do if disaster strikes in their home.

This is why I am a huge fan of the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross offers classes in CPR and first aid for animals and humans; they also offer information booklets as well as American Red Cross approved first aid kits. The American Red Cross can also put on group presentations for a neighborhood watch group, or just a large group of friends.

I have had the opportunity to sign up for several local classes with the Denver branch of the American Red Cross and have always walked away with confidence in my new skills. The teachers are generally volunteer workers from your own community. They are determined to prepare everyone for the worst, even while we hope for the best.

It is also important to remember that the benefits of preparation don’t simply stop at a feeling of security. Many workplaces are now willing to pay slightly higher wages to employees that can be handy in an emergency. OSHA is currently only requiring first aid responders in certain fields. Regardless, many industrial companies and a few office bound companies are taking the need for first responders seriously. Ask your company if they offer any special benefits or encouragement to those who are certified.

Remember First Aid and CPR training is only one aspect of emergency preparedness. Take the time to discuss escape routes with your family and children. Decide on an agreed on meeting place and address issues like escaping from a 2nd story bedroom window.

Even a small amount of planning can save lives.


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