The recent events in Boston and Texas have drawn attention to the importance of knowing what to do when an emergency occurs.
Even as first responders rushed into help at both scenes, much of the initial care to the injured was provided by friends, neighbors and bystanders who were trained in CPR and first aid. Whether the emergency is community-wide and involves numerous injuries, or involves a single individual being hurt at home, it is vital that someone close by knows what to do when an emergency occurs.
“Getting yourself and your family prepared for disasters can bring peace of mind during trying times and can help save someone’s life during future emergencies,” said Tim Yenrick, regional CEO of American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. “Taking an action like downloading our first aid app, taking a first aid class or building a disaster supply kit can help people feel empowered to act when disaster strikes.”
The American Red Cross has numerous ways people can get the information and training they need to be able to help when an emergency occurs. Some of the options include:
• First Aid/CPR classes – The Red Cross has classes available that emphasize hands-on-learning of First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Participants learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults and how to use AEDs. There are also options available to learn how to help infants and children. Register for the classes at redcross.org/takeaclass or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
• Online training – Family and household members can learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies by taking the new Red Cross Family First Aid and CPR online course. The course addresses how to identify signals of medical emergencies; how to give appropriate care for common first aid emergencies; how to know when to call 9-1-1 and what to do until help arrives for critical cardiac and first aid emergencies. The cost is $30.
The course, which is for people who do not require OSHA-compliant certification, includes Adult CPR and First Aid content. Pediatric modules are also available.
• Download first aid app – Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for iPhone and Android mobile devices, which puts simple lifesaving information at users’ fingertips. Features include step-by-step instructions to guide someone through everyday first aid scenarios, full integration with 9-1-1 to call emergency services from the app and preloaded content to have instant access to information even without device reception or Internet connectivity. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross.