August Classes

Prepare to be prepared! September is national preparedness month–so get prepared for that by taking a class in August! We’ve got lots to chose from. You can register online at redcross.org or by calling 800-733-2767. Be sure to sign up early–classes may be cancelled for low enrollment.

Austin

  • Saturday, August 16, 9a-3:30p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 2:30 and cost $90. If you do not need First Aid, your class will end and noon and cost $70.
  • Saturday, August 23, 9a-3:30p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.

Faribault

  • Tuesday, August 5, 6p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class, $90.
  • Saturday, August 9, 9a-12p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 11:30 and cost $70.
  • Thursday, August 28, 6p-10p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED, $90. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 9 and cost $70.

Mankato

  • Thursday, August 7, 9a-12p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 11:30 and cost $90. If you do not need First Aid, your class will end at 10:30 and cost $70.
  • Wednesday, August 13, 6p-9p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • Thursday, August 21, 6p-10:30p–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you don’t need First Aid, your class will end at 9 and cost $70.
  • Monday, August 25, 9a-3p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.

Rochester

  • Saturday, August 2, 9a-3p–Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need First Aid, your class will end at 1p and cost $70.
  • Monday/Wednesday, August 4 and 6, 8a-5:30p–CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, $500. This class has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • Tuesday, August 5, 6p-9p–First Aid, $70.
  • Wednesday, August 6, 4:30p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.
  • Saturday, August 9, 9a-3:30p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.
  • Thursday, August 21, 9a-2:30p–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at noon and cost $70.
  • Tuesday, August 26, 6p-10:30p–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 9p and cost $70.

Winona

  • Saturday, August 16, 9a-3:30p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.
  • Monday, August 18, 6p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class, $90.
  • Saturday, August 23, 9a-3:30p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 2:30 and cost $90. If you do not need First Aid, your class will end at noon and cost $70.

 

 

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If This Had Been a Real Emergency…

One of the most challenging things about disasters is that they are, by nature, so unpredictable. The American Red Cross is always ready to respond in an emergency, but did you ever wonder how we stay ready? In addition to great volunteers with amazing skills, we also get the occasional chance to practice our response.

On September 13, the Southern Minnesota Region of the Red Cross will be helping to conduct a disaster drill in Morristown. A simulated “tornado” will hit the area, bringing responders from 6 local fire departments, 3 ambulance companies, 3 hospitals and a variety of voluntary and governmental agencies.

The simulation will include search and rescue, triage and transporting victims to hospitals. The Salvation Army will assist with mobile feeding routes, and the Red Cross will have volunteers on hand to shelter , provide fixed feeding sites, and coordinate with local government officials and media outlets. Red Cross case workers and damage assessment volunteers will help to coordinate the response, and nurses will assess any health issues that may arise.

Tornadoes and fires aren’t typically considerate enough to give us much advance warning. But through drills like the one happening in September, Red Cross staff and volunteers have an opportunity to ensure that we are always “Red Cross Ready” for any random event that may come our way.

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Safe Holiday!

The long holiday weekend is just ahead and many of you will take to the highway, fire up the grill or enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks. The American Red Cross has steps you can follow to safely enjoy your holiday.

HIGHWAY SAFETY Experts say millions of people will be on the highways over the Fourth of July weekend. The Red Cross reminds everyone to buckle up, observe speed limits and to not drink and drive. Be well rested and alert and give your full attention to the road. Don’t use your cell phone. Five more tips you should remember include:
1. Use caution in work zones.
2. Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
3. Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night. Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
4. Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low.
5. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. If you are setting fireworks off at home, here are five safety steps you should follow:
1. Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
5. Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

GRILLING SAFETY What better way to celebrate the holiday than to fire up the grill and cook delicious goodies for family and friends. Every year people in this country are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these five steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:
1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
2. Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
3. Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

FIRST AID APP While you’re enjoying the holiday, accidents can happen. Download the free Red Cross First Aid App to put expert advice for everyday emergencies at your fingertips. The app is available for smart phones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

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July Classes

Celebrate summer by taking a life-saving class! Here are the classes coming up in July throughout the region. Please be sure to register early–classes can be cancelled if there aren’t enough people in them. Register at redcross.org or by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767.)

Austin

  • Tuesday, 7/1–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, 6pm-9pm, $110
  • Saturday, 7/19–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, 8:30am-3pm, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 2pm and cost $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 11:30am and cost $70.
  • Saturday, 7/26–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, 6pm-9pm, $110

Faribault

  • Saturday, 7/19–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, 8:30am-2:30pm, $110.  If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 12:30pm and cost $90.

Mankato

  • Monday, 7/7–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, 6pm-9pm, $110. This course has an online component that must be completed before the class begins.
  • Wednesday, 7/9–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, 9am-3:30pm, $110. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 1pm and cost $90.
  • Monday, 7/14–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class, 6pm-10pm, $90
  • Thursday, 7/17–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, 6pm-10:30pm, $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 9pm and cost $70.
  • Friday, 7/25–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, 9am-3pm, $110.

Rochester

  • Tuesday, 7/8–First Aid, 6pm-9pm, $70
  • Thursday, 7/10–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class, 6pm-10pm, $90
  • Saturday, 7/12–Babysitter’s Training, 9am-4pm, $75. Participants should bring a lunch.
  • Thursday, 7/17–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, 9am-2:30pm, $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at noon and cost $70.
  • Saturday, 7/19–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, 8:30am-3pm, $110
  • Saturday, 7/19–Government Operations Fundamentals, 9am-4pm. This course is intended for disaster volunteers.
  • Wednesday, 7/21–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class, 6pm-10pm, $90
  • Saturday, 7/26–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, 8:30am-2:30pm, $110

Winona

  • Saturday, 7/19–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, 8am-2:30pm, $110. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 12pm and cost $90. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 11am and cost $70.
  • Saturday, 7/26–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, 8am-2:30pm, $110

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How about that weather?

It seems like everyone talks about the weather–but here in Minnesota, that’s an ever-evolving topic! It seem like just a couple of months ago, we were complaining about the cold and snow. (Oh, wait…we were.) Now it’s the rain and summer storms that are on everyone’s minds.

The rain is especially on the minds of the people in Luverne, MN. Heavy rains damaged a spillway connected to a 77-year-old dam there, resulting in flooding in many places in the community. The Red Cross hasn’t had to open a shelter, but our volunteers are busy helping local officials distribute cleanup kits and flood recovery information. We’re working with local emergency managers throughout the region, keeping an eye on what could be another deluge tonight.

No matter what the disaster situation–a single family fire, a city-wide flood, or a miles-wide tornado, Red Cross volunteers stand ready to respond. They bring food, water, supplies, a listening ear, an HOPE to victims of disasters both large and small.

Please consider going to redcross.org to make a donation to Red Cross disaster relief. You’ll be helping your neighbors in places like Luverne and all over the country. You can also find lots of preparation information to be ready for whatever our crazy Minnesota weather dishes out next.

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June Classes

It’s finally summer! And just in time for summer learning, we’ve got plenty of classes to choose from in June. To register, or if you have questions, go to redcross.org or call 800-733-2767. Be sure to register early–classes may be cancelled if the enrollment is too low. Unless noted otherwise, classes are held at the Red Cross chapter office.

Austin

  • 6/7/14, Sa 8:30a-3p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110
  • 6/14/14, Sa 8:30a-3p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 2p and cost $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 11:30a and cost $70.
  • 6/21/14, Sa 9a-4p–Babysitter’s Training, $85

Mankato

  • 6/9/14, M 4p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110
  • 6/14/14, Sa 9a-4p–Collaborating Essentials. This course is intended for disaster volunteers in the areas of Community Partnerships and Government Liaisons.
  • 6/19/14, Th 6p-10:30p–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the CPR/AED portion, your class will end at 9p and cost $70.
  • 6/26/14, Th 6p-10p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, review class, $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 9p and cost $70. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 8:30p and cost $55.
  • 6/30/14, M 6p-9p–Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 8:30p and cost $70. This course has an online component which must be completed before the class. You will receive more information when you register.

Rochester

  • 6/7/14, Sa 9a-4p—Babysitter’s Training, $85
  • 6/7/14, Sa 8:30a-2:30p–Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 12:30p and cost $70.
  • 6/9/14, M 6p-9p–Disaster Assessment Fundamentals. This class is intended for disaster volunteers.
  • 6/12/14, Th 6p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class, $90
  • 6/14/14, Sa 8:30a-3p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110
  • 6/17/14, Tu 6p-10p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, review class, $90. If you only need either the adult or the pediatric portion, your class will end at 9:30 and cost $70. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 8:30p and cost $55.
  • 6/19/14, Tu 9a-2:30p–Adult CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the CPR/AED portion, your class will end at 12p and cost $70.
  • 6/21/14, Sa 9a-4p–Babysitter’s Training, $85
  • 6/25/14, W 4:30p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110
  • 6/26/14, Th 6p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class $90
  • 6/26/14 and 6/27/14, Th 5p-10p and F 9a-2p–Disaster Instructor Specialty Training. This class is intended for disaster volunteers who would like to teach disaster classes.
  • 6/28/14, Sa 8:30a-2:30p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110
  • 6/30/14, M 6p-10p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED, $90

Winona

  • 6/2/14, M 6p-9p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110. This course has an online component which must be completed before the class. You will receive more information when you register.
  • 6/5/14, Th 6p-10p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, review class, $90
  • 6/7/14, Sa 8a-11a–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 10:30a and cost $90. This course has an online component which must be completed before the class. You will receive more information when you register.
  • 6/21/14, Sa 8a-2:30p–CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110

Worthington

  • 6/11/14, W 10a-4:30p–Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 3p and cost $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 1p and cost $70.

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Ready, Set, GO!

While those of us here in Minnesota are still dealing with below-average temperatures, our friends on the West Coast have been sweltering in triple-digits. Making matters worse, a series of wildfires have forces the evacuation of many homes and neighborhoods. I have a brother in San Diego, and he says there’s so much ash in the air that it looks like snow.

We don’t often get wildfires here, but the same might apply to flooding situations, which we DO see from time to time. Imagine officials coming through your neighborhood, telling you to evacuate your home in five minutes. What would you take with you?

One of my Red Cross coworkers, Kristiana Almeida, has been through evacuations before. She has some personal tips to make those five minutes flow more smoothly:
1) Have a lot of your important stuff “grouped” – for instance, I have ALL of our mortgage papers, IDs, bank info, etc. stored in one of those large file folders – it’s in a safe spot, so all I have to do is grab ONE thing and I know I have ALL of our important paperwork gathered. This alone will save you five minutes.

2) We store all of our dog supplies in one area, and we have a little bag with an extra leash, bone (to keep her occupied), and water bowl. All of this is stored next to a ziplock bag of extra food. Dog is officially taken care of in ten seconds or less.

3) We had the conversation on what are the “irreplaceable” family items that we knew we’d be devastated if we lost. While not all of those can be in the same spot, having the items identified ahead of time will easily save you some time.

4) Everything else is in our “go kit” – extra food, emergency blankets, first aid kit, flashlight etc. – it’s all in one of those plastic storage bins ready to go when we need to. Make a plan. Practice the plan. It will make a world of difference if you hear “you have five minutes to evacuate.”

Another important step to take is to download the Red Cross safety apps to your smart phone. (You can do that here.) These apps–for tornadoes, floods, first aid, even pet first aid–will help you prepare BEFORE the worst happens. Don’t wait until you only have five minutes to get ready!

 

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