September Classes

September is National Preparedness Month, and what better way to prepare than to take a class so you’ll be ready for an emergency? Go to redcross.org or call 800-733-2767 to register. Make sure to sign up early–classes may be cancelled for low registration.

Austin
• Saturday, September 20, 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.
• Tuesday, September 23, 6p-9p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110. This class has an online component that must be completed before class.

Faribault
• Tuesday, September 9, 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.
• Saturday, September 20, 9a-3p—Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $90. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 1p and cost $70.
• Saturday, September 27, 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.

Mankato
• Monday, September 8, 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.
• Wednesday, September 17, 6p-9p—First Aid, $70
• Thursday, September 18, 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.
• Monday, September 22, 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.
• Tuesday, September 30, 6p-9p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 8:30 and cost $90. This class has an online component that must be completed before class.

Rochester
• Saturday, September 6, 9a-3:30p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid, $110. If you do not need the First Aid portion, your class will end at 1p and cost $90.
• Monday, September 8, 6p-10p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, Review class, $90.
• Tuesday, September 9, 4:30p-10p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.
• Saturday, September 13, 9a-4p—Babysitter Training, $85
• Tuesday, September 16, 6p-10p—Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED, $90. If you do not need the pediatric portion, your class will end at 9p and cost $70.
• Saturday, September 27, 9a-3:30p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.
• Tuesday, September 30, 6p-9p—First Aid, $70.

Winona
• Saturday, September 13, 9a-3:30p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.
• Thursday, September 25, 4:30p-10p—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, $110.
• Saturday, September 27, 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.

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Get Tech Ready

Maybe my living room, if I’m lucky. That’s the only place at home that I can get a cell phone signal. If I lean against the window and stand on one foot… As great as technology is today, it’s not perfect. At the American Red Cross, we’ve come to discover that especially in times of disaster, phones may not be of much help. But more and more people are getting information online, and, luckily, text and data services seem to be more resilient than a plain old phone call.

Here at the Red Cross, we’re pretty big on preparedness. Our website, redcross.org, has lots of ways that you can prepare your home, your family, your workplace and even your pets for disasters. But have you ever thought about what you can do with your data and devices? We have! Find some great tips here to be Tech Ready before, during and after a disaster.

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Day 86 already?

American Red Cross blood services launched a campaign this summer, “100 days of summer, 100 days of hope.” There just happened to be 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year, and the campaign urged people to #ChooseYourDay to give blood and save lives. On the landing page at redcrossblood.org, there’s been a countdown all summer long. I am in total denial that today is day 86, and there are only two weeks of summer left. Where did it go? I hope you’ve had a chance to relax and enjoy the too-short season.

With the end of summer, of course, comes back-to-school time. Often, that can mean that kids spend some time alone at home, before Mom or Dad get home from work. The Red Cross has some tips to make that a safe and comfortable experience for kids and parents alike. Some things to consider if your child will be home alone.

Enjoy the last 14 days of official summer–and get prepared for busy fall schedules!

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Fire and Rain

Every morning on our internal web site, the American Red Cross publishes the “Morning Report.” The report covers all of the places and events in which the Red Cross has an active disaster response going on. This morning–just an average Thursday–we had disasters in Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Massachusetts, not to mention American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico. They covered just about any weather condition you can image–tropical storms, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, multi-family fires. No blizzards, earthquakes or sharknadoes today, but we’d be ready for those, too. Nationwide, we had 204 people staying in 5 shelters last night–again, just your average day with the Red Cross.

It’s pretty well-known that the Red Cross responds when disasters strike–like the ones in the Morning Report and all of the “smaller” disasters like house fires that may never hit the news. Ideally, though, we can help you prepare BEFORE disaster strikes–that’s part of the core mission of the Red Cross, too.

One of the ways we work to do that is through our suite of free apps. Whether it be fire or flood, tornado or earthquake, Red Cross apps offer detailed information and safety tips for before, during and after a disaster, right in the palm of your hand. We teach basic First Aid and CPR through apps that are loaded with practical advice, preparation tips, safety tips and videos. We even teach you how to perform First Aid for your pet, or how to volunteer with the Red Cross in times of disaster.  Be prepared BEFORE you need us. Download our apps today!

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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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