The American Red Cross and AAA are teaming up to bring survival workshops in preparation for the next major disaster.
"Ready, Set, Respond" disaster preparedness training will give AAA
members the opportunity to understand the personal and community impacts
in emergency situations.
in Northern California, Nevada and Utah will have the opportunity to
learn about possible disasters that may occur in their area such as
earthquakes, wildfires or landslides, Red Cross spokeswoman Cynthia
The free 90-minute class taught by Red Cross
responders will include lectures and exercises with scenarios touching
on the roles of different response agencies.
People will reflect
on how a disaster will impact everyday aspects such as family and work
then expand to the aftermath faced by community.
conference to kick-off the program was held Tuesday morning with remarks
by Paul Gaffney, President and CEO of AAA Northern California; Mark
Cloutier, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and
Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed.
The American Red Cross
and AAA formed the program to support emergency responders and prepare
communities in the next major disaster, Harris said.
will also learn about the Red Cross's app "Team Red Cross," where
registered volunteers can receive information on what they can do when
the next disaster hits, Harris said.
Volunteers are important
during a major disaster as there is only one firefighter for every 280
people and one emergency medical technician for every 348 people, Harris
The training program hopes to educate 2,400 people in its
first year, she said. Classes will be offered year-round depending on
availability and interest, she said.