Academy 2015 in Joplin to educate for emergencies

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American Red Cross; Joplin, May 5, 2015 — Too few Americans are prepared to recover from a disaster, and the American Red Cross is ready to educate you to do just that through its “Academy 2015.”

The event from May 28-30 at Billingsly Student Center in Joplin is sponsored by the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri in partnership with Missouri Southern State University. Participants may attend a single course, a day or all three days. This is the third year for the Academy.

This will be an opportunity to learn step-by-step actions to prepare communities with free tools and courses and give individuals skills to deal with emergencies and recover from a disaster.


Among the courses to prepare you are a free Adult/Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course, Scams & Identity Theft, Stranger Danger and Tri-Point Tactical Self Defense that teaches personal safety tips.

Other courses include the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program to educate residents about preparedness and training in basic disaster response skills. On Saturday, May 30 the Pillowcase Project will provide kids from 3rd to 5th grade with a personal emergency supply kit and student workbook to prepare their family as well as give them coping skills for dealing with emergencies.

Red Course courses on Sheltering, Digital Volunteer Training and Disaster Fundamental Assessment are also being offered for volunteers.


A complete course catalog is available by contacting  All courses are free with the exception of a course to prepare individuals to teach the American Red Cross Instructor Trainer Course for $150. A registration form is available online at For questions, call the Joplin Red Cross office at 866-221-8238 and speak with Julie Stolting, ext. 4412, or Teri Layton, ext. 4417.

If someone would like to support the Red Cross mission and help those in need, they can visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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 or join our blog at


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