“For over a century, the American Red Cross has harnessed the generosity of the American people, mobilizing us to offer assistance in the wake of disaster. Whether aiding towns fighting rising floodwaters or nations struggling with starvation and disease, the American Red Cross and its international partners have served during crises across the United States and around the world. During American Red Cross Month, we celebrate our Nation’s humanitarian spirit, and we recommit to providing relief and hope in times of crisis.”
|Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and Red Cross supporter|
|Francis Elliot Davis, American Red Cross nurse|
|The American Red Cross meets with black representatives|
|Frederick Douglass Patterson (left) meets with American Red Cross Chairman Basil O’Connor (right) and Jesse Thomas (center), special assistant to the director of Domestic Operations of the American Red Cross|
The unpredictability of life can sometimes lead to many dangerous situations. Some basic health and safety training, however, may just help save a life. What would you do if you knew you had the chance to learn life-saving techniques that could potentially come in handy in the case of an emergency? Wouldn’t it be nice to say “Hey, I’m certified in CPR and I can help out my loved ones and friends?” The Red Cross East Georgia Chapter is here to help you! You can become prepared for that situation by taking training classes in CPR, First Aid, lifeguarding, babysitting and much more. The CPR and First Aid certifications are valid for two years and there are even opportunities for becoming an instructor.
The Red Cross also offers training courses for disaster services. From disaster health and emergency operations classes, to international relief and development, the Red Cross will make sure that you are provided with the best training.
Why not give it a try? Visit the American Red Cross East Georgia Chapter website at http:// eastgeorgia.redcross.org/training.htm to learn how you can become better prepared for any circumstance. Remember, it is never too late to become certified and take classes that can potentially save several lives.
By Nina Kamber
With a cloudy sky and a chill in the air, the plungers took off full speed into the freezing cold water of Lake Chapman. Lifeguards from our very own Students for the American Red Cross (SARC) at the University of Georgia stood by as participants took the full plunge. After raising over $10,000 to benefit the American Red Cross East Georgia Chapter, Shelterbox and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, plungers and spectators celebrated and cheered for all of the hard work that led up to this moment.
The weather has been relatively mild this week, but you never know what is around the corner. Which is why Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared next week (Feb. 6 – 10) Severe Weather Awareness Week across the state. Throughout the week, Georgians are asked to think about their own preparedness and safety during severe weather.