2011 Being Prepared

Greater Ozarks Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 1107

Contact: Nigel Holderby

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

Disasters Happen, Being Prepared Makes a Difference.

American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Region, 12/20/2011-

Once a month Red Cross Volunteers meet to share a meal and stories of
success and sometimes heartbreak from communities across the 40 counties
we serve as the Greater Ozarks Region. Disasters happen every day and
those stories of loss are heartbreaking to the Volunteers who arrive on
the scene of a fire to help a family who has lost everything. When we
can share with each other the stories of people who were prepared, we
are confident that our mission is being fulfilled on more than just the
response level.

At our most recent meeting in the Joplin office we had one of those
success stories. A month ago, a Red Cross Volunteer was giving a
presentation and handing out pamphlets about Preparedness, First Aid and
CPR, to bus drivers from Carl Junction. Three weeks after the
presentation, one of the bus drivers started to have chest pains and
remembered what he was told at that presentation. He picked up his
pamphlet and realized he could be having a heart attack and called his
wife to take him to the emergency room. He found out he had 90% blockage
and was close to dying. The Doctor said if he would not have gone in, he
may not be here today.

This is just one example of how being prepared save lives. In another, a
disaster response in Springfield, Red Cross Volunteers responded to the
scene of a house fire. The loss was minimal as was the amount of
assistance needed from the Red Cross. You see, the renter of this home
had working smoke alarms as well as renters insurance. He was awakened
by the alarms when the fire started and was able to get out of his home
unharmed. The fire department was there within a short time, quickly
putting the fire out. Because he had renters insurance he was able to
utilize that for the majority of his needs.

In both of these situations, the live saving skills and knowledge that
the Red Cross is providing in your communities made a difference. You
can help by contacting the Red Cross in your community to learn how you
can become a Disaster Action Team Volunteer or CPR/First Aid and AED
Instructor in your community. Together we save lives. Together we make a
difference. Visit us online at www.redcross-ozarks.org for the office
nearest you.

For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby:
holderbn@redcross-ozarks.org

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood;
teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and
supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org
<http://www.redcross.org/> or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
<http://blog.redcross.org/> .

-End-

K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO. 65803

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)

(866) 206-0256 (toll free)

(417) 207-6349 (c)

(417) 866-3649 (f)

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

<http://www.redcross.org/gifts>

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