“March is Red Cross Month” activities include Citizen CPR training as part of “Prepare Florida” campaign.
TAMPA, FLORIDA, Thursday, March 13, 2014… American Red Cross chapters throughout the State of Florida are hosting events that will teach untrained bystanders how to respond when someone is suffering a life threatening emergency. Citizen CPR is a hands-only, life-saving 30 minute CPR technique. These events are part of the “Prepare Florida” campaign that launched on March 1.
“Prepare Florida” is a three-year landmark campaign to educate and empower hundreds of thousands of Floridians about how to take necessary action to care for themselves, their families and their neighbors and educate our citizens about what to expect during and after a disaster or life threatening event. Included in the plans of the campaign is the goal to train 500,000 people in lifesaving first aid, CPR and AED skills over the next three years.
Research has shown that continuous Citizen CPR can be effective in caring for a person with no signs of life when a rescuer is unable, untrained or unwilling to perform full CPR. The best way for a bystander to help is by calling 9-1-1 and using Hands-Only CPR. It’s simple to do and there’s no mouth to mouth contact. In a life threatening situation, performing Hands-Only CPR is better than doing nothing at all.
There are no prerequisites or minimum age to participate in the course. The Citizen CPR training is not intended to substitute for a formal training course. Citizen CPR is a non certified course.
Florida Red Cross chapters are partnering with companies, healthcare systems and the media to provide this free course to the public.
Locally, the Tampa Bay Chapter has many opportunities for people to learn this vital technique:
- “Learn to Save a Life on your Lunch Break”, March 28 – every half hour beginning at 11am until 1pm.
- American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter, 3310 West Main St., Tampa
- For more information, call (813) 348-4820
University of South Florida Tampa Campus
- USF Citizens CPR Day, March 25
- In the atrium of the Marshall Student Center
For more information, visit www.redcross.org/PrepareFlorida.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.