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Red Cross Offers Free Virtual Preparedness Classes for Older Adults, Children and their Families

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 18, 2021) – The South Florida Red Cross launched its ‘Be Red Cross Ready’ preparedness classes virtually, in an effort to encourage the community to be prepared and have a plan for any type of emergency. The free, virtual classes are offered for older adults, children, and their families to understand what type of disasters can occur in their area, steps they can take to prepare, and provide ways they can help themselves and others cope through disasters.

 

These online classes will be offered throughout the month and until the end of March – at no cost – and are available with both English and Spanish resources. Registration is required. To learn more, visit redcross.org/PrepareSFL.

 

Classes for Older Adults:

  • Older Adult Preparedness & Home Fires

Wednesday, March 31 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Click here to register

 

Classes for Families:

  • Preparedness Essentials & Ready Rating

Friday, February 19 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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  • Home Fire & Youth Preparedness Products

Wednesday, February 24 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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  • Home Fire & Youth Preparedness Products

Tuesday, March 16 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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Classes for Youth ages 5-12:

  • Prepare with Pedro Read Along*

Tuesday, February 23 | 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

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  • Prepare with Pedro – Home Fire Preparedness*

Thursday, March 4 | 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

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  • Prepare with Pedro – Hurricane Preparedness*

Wednesday, March 17 | 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

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*Presentation for kids ages 5-7.

 

  • The Pillowcase Project - Tornado Preparedness*

Thursday, March 18 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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*Presentation for kids ages 8-12.

 

The Red Cross is known for responding and providing help during emergencies, but their mission is also focused on helping individuals prepare for them. Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following Red Cross safety steps in advance to ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably.

 

These ‘Red Cross Ready’ workshops offer a variety of preparedness topics that include Preparing for Disasters During COVID-19, Home Fire Safety, Older Adult and Youth Preparedness, and more.

 

For resources on preparing for an emergency during COVID-19, visit redcross.org/coronavirus. Additional Red Cross resources for Older Adults are available at redcross.org/olderadults as well as coping tips and resources for children at redcross.org/youthprep.

 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/southflorida or visit us on Facebook or Twitter at @SFLRedCross.