Red Cross Offers Super First Aid Preparedness Class at Fairplex

November 4, 2008

The Great California Shakeout on Nov. 13 has generated a lot of interest in emergency preparedness in general. It’s not a bad idea after all to think about what you would do if you had to deal with a medical emergency at home or work. Would you know how to handle a seizure? Heat stroke? The San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has stepped up to sponsor a Super First Aid Preparedness Class on Sunday, Nov. 9 in the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts here at Fairplex. For a reduced rate of only $10, you can be certified in first aid for a variety of emergencies, including the treatment of burns, diabetes emergencies, seizures, bleeding, heat and cold emergencies and broken bones. The class will be taught in English and Spanish.

 The San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross also has launched an online store providing an easy way to order first aid kits and emergency supplies. There are first aid products for individuals, homes and businesses, such as student emergency packs, workplace first aid cabinets and family first aid kits. Tip: these are nice gifts those difficult-to-buy-for family members, employees or students. Orders take one to two weeks to process and benefit the Chapter’s programs and services. Register for the Super First Aid Preparedness Event at (626) 799-0841, Ext. 400 (English) and Ext. 455 (Spanish). Enter at Gate 1 on McKinley Avenue. Parking for this event is FREE!

What should be in your disaster preparedness kit? 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has comprised a list of additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit including:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help;
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps




One Comment

  1. I went from 5th grade all the way to graduation linivg in Virginia. We’ve had our share of emergencies: hurricanes, blizzards, etc. During those times, especially the blizzard of 2000 (missed a week of school) and Hurricane Isabel (missed a week of school, half the county still out of power for a month even though they got the schools running quickly). During these times, most of the county went out of power. During Hurricane Isabel, my family was out of power for 3 days and we were out of school 4 days. The electric companies rushed to fix the schools’ powers so that student could go back to school, yet, many of my friends still did not have power at home, so all computer based assignments (the very few there were in 8th grade) were canceled or postponed. So, I for one, don’t think it’s necessary all teachers learn this because in some cases, such as having no power, it would be useless. You can’t teach a class online if no one has any power. I understand with the H1N1 scare and all the Bird Flu scares in the East, that teaching on line would be preferable, but on the east coast of the US, it has no purpose.

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