Monday, July 15, 2013

Prepare Central Valley

The American Red Cross Central Valley Region is working every day to ensure our communities are ready for disaster by training individuals in lifesaving skills and empowering local businesses and community organizations to develop the necessary skills, resources and networks needed to prepare for a disaster. By fostering a culture of readiness through personal preparedness and collaboration between location organizations, communities become much more resilient and are able to recover quickly following a disaster.

Over the past two years, the Prepare Central Valley Campaign, in partnership and funded by Pacific Gas and Electric, has trained over 5,000 people throughout the Central Valley in emergency preparedness skills. Team Firestopper has reached nearly 6,000 homes with important information and training in fire prevention and safety. We are eagerly awaiting a booming third year in this campaign where we have plans to bring in more training's in schools and businesses than ever before.

We would be happy to set up a training that fits your needs. Below is a list of resources and programs that the American Red Cross Central Valley Region can offer your community:

Individual Preparedness Programs
Are you and your family prepared to take care of your own needs for the first 72 hours after a disaster or emergency? Get started with the following free programs:

Personal Preparedness Training
Free one-hour Be Red Cross Ready training courses cover the action steps necessary to ensure that individuals, families and their communities are prepared and ready to respond to any disaster and emergency, large or small. Also available in Spanish.

Youth Preparedness Training
It is important that children and teens know what to do in an emergency. Youth can be prepared by attending one of the following free one-hour courses: Be Red Cross Ready Teens, Ready K.I.D.S., or Masters of Disasters.

Firefighter Frank & Friends Puppet Show
Parents know the importance of learning fire safety skills, but may not have the resources to make the process fun and non-threatening to children. Join Firefighter Frank and his friends as they prepare youth ages 4-9 in this 45-minute puppet show extravaganza that educates participants in how to perform fire drills, how to stop, drop and roll, match safety, and crawling low in smoke.

Community Disaster Resilience
Is your organization ready to play an active role in a disaster relief operation? Get involved now with the following programs.

Community Sheltering and Feeding
Providing safe food and shelter after a disaster is the most critical component of the Red Cross disaster response program which is made possible through public and private partnerships. The Red Cross can evaluate your facility as a potential shelter site and train your team to manage shelter operations and care for the community.

Ready When The Time Comes
This program engages businesses to prepare teams of employees to be ready immediately to help in a time of
local, large-scale disasters. Ready When The Time Comes volunteers serve as a reserve corps that can be called upon when a disaster strikes to operate a call center, staff a community shelter and more.

Organizational Readiness Programs
Is your organization equipped with the skills, plans, networks and supplies necessary to safely respond to all hazards? Learn how by joining the following programs:

First Aid and CPR Training
Sign up for a course hosted at a training location near you or invite the Red Cross to your facility. Available training modules include First Aid, CPR, AED, and more. Trainings can be conducted in a classroom setting or using a combination of online and classroom learning. (Fee required)

Ready Rating Program
This program provides an easy-to-use online five-step framework to help organizations assess their readiness for all types of emergencies. When joining this free program, members make a commitment to improve their readiness over a one-year period and appoint an internal coordinator to lead those efforts with the support of the Red Cross.

For more information call Red Cross at (559) 455-1000 or check out our website for more information.

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