Posts Tagged ‘training’

National CPR & AED Awareness Week June 1-7

June 1, 2009

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Each year over 100,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest. Think about your family, the people you work with, who you may see while out running errands or enjoying a weekend getaway with friends. What if they needed your help? Are you prepared to save a life? Are you trained and ready to help? It only takes a couple of minutes to read more about how you can help save a life today!

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Get trained in CPR & AED by a certified Red Cross instructor, have hands-on practice and walk away with priceless training materials! Click here to learn which course is best for you.

Taking a CPR & AED course is a good investment of time. But for those of you who feel a little short on time, try distance learning! Click here to take an online course at your convenience.


Make it a group experience – invite your family and friends to take a CPR & AED training course with you. Get recertified or just take a refresher course. Learn how to save the life of an infant, child or adult today!

Being trained is essential and having the right supplies can help! Build your preparedness kit or check if you need to replace or update any items. Click here to purchase supplies.

Want to see a story about one of our Hometown Heroes? Click here to watch a video about how a man used his CPR & AED training to save his colleague’s life.

Scroll down to read a personal message from Heidi Klum:


I took an American Red Cross CPR class so that I’d be prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies. On the runway and off, at work or hanging out with my kids, I want to be ready to help if something happened.

From June 1 to June 7, you can get ready too—right in your hometown.

The first week of June is National CPR/AED Awareness Week, and the Red Cross is marking it by holding CPR/AED classes, demonstrations, and other events all around the country.

It’s a great opportunity to get prepared.

Thousands of lives—from infants to grandparents—are saved every year because someone took a CPR class or learned how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED), which can be used to help save someone who has gone into cardiac arrest.
Auf Wiedersehen,

If more people know how to perform these important skills, more lives will be saved.

You have the chance next week to learn these skills and be ready to help your loved ones during an emergency. Let’s be prepared together! So are you in, or are you out?

Heidi Klum
Proud Supporter, American Red Cross


2009 World Red Cross Day Event Friday May 8th

May 6, 2009


The American Red Cross chapters in the Washington, DC Region have partnered in planning this significant celebration. It’s a time to recognize the Red Cross’ efforts in disaster relief services and life-saving education and training for people around the world.

Presentations feature Linda Mathes, CEO of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the American Red Cross Holocaust & War Victims Tracing Center, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees and the Peace Corps.


Friday, May 8th

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

National Headquarters of the
American Red Cross
Board of Governors Hall
430 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(Closest Metro stop is Farragut West)

Reservations are required for entry. RSVP by Wednesday, May 6th. To RSVP, contact Norma Gamero at or 240-485-3053.

This event is open to the public. There will be live entertainment. Refreshments will be served.

Additional volunteers are still needed for this event. These are the areas of need: Event Preparation; Exhibit Booths; Building Escorts; Refreshments; or Event Clean-up.

If you are interested and available to help, contact Norma Gamero at or 240-485-3053.

Preparedness During H1N1 (Swine Flu) Outbreak

April 29, 2009


Protect yourself and keep your family safe through pandemic preparedness now! 

American Red Cross of the National Capital Area partners with the Greater Carolinas and Greater Indianapolis Chapters in offering the Pandemic Preparedness course online.

The course includes learning how to prevent the spread of disease, how to be ready for emergencies related to a pandemic and how to care for someone who is sick. The cost is only $10, takes approximately two hours to complete and provides life-saving information that can be printed and used as a resource.

Register here!

Keep informed with updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Be Red Cross Ready with the Flu Checklist.

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Volunteering is Good for the Soul

April 24, 2009

National Volunteer Week (April 19 – 25) not only recognizes volunteer work but it’s also a call-to-action for more people to volunteer!

American Red Cross of the National Capital Area needs more volunteers!

We support over 3 million people in our National Capital Area. We need more volunteers to help us educate our community about the urgent importance of training in Healthy & Safety and Community Disaster Education.

We cannot wait for a disaster to happen.

Now is the time to prepare.

Preparedness increases the chance of survival and recovery in the event of a life-threatening emergency or disaster.

When we help educate, equip, and empower more people, they in turn can help others.


Volunteering not only allows people to experience what it’s like to help others but it also increases their well being.

Read more about the benefits of volunteering:

Volunteering Produces Healthy Benefits (2007)
Volunteering May be Good For Your Health (2007)
Volunteering Good For You (2009)
Volunteering Benefits Everyone (2009)

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Training Courses Assist Hearing Impaired

April 14, 2009


American Red Cross of the National Capital Area offers courses that help our hearing impaired community members receive education and training to become equipped and empowered to help save lives.


The Adult CPR/AED course includes skills practice and knowledge-testing on CPR for Adult and Child as well as the proper and safe use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for both Adult’s and Children.

Click on Adult CPR/AED for more information and register today!

The First Aid with Infant and Child CPR course gives individuals the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic first aid care for injuries and sudden illnesses to infants and children until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.

Click on First Aid with Infant and Child CPR for more information and register today!

The Community First Aid and Safety (Adult, Infant, Child CPR and First Aid) course identifies how to respond to emergency situations by checking to see if it is safe to intervene; recognizing symptoms of a heart attack and provide care to reduce the chance of cardiac arrest; how to care for an infant, child, or adult who stops breathing; how to control bleeding; and how to care for non life-threatening emergencies such as a sprain, strain, or fracture among many other vital skills.

Click on Community First Aid and Safety (Adult, Infant, Child CPR and First Aid) for more information and register today!

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