In the event of a disaster, emergency medical response may be delayed
because of the remoteness of your home or by adverse conditions, such as roads
blocked by floodwater or debris. While precious minutes slip by, your emergency
training could mean the difference between life and death.
Properly administered first aid or CPR can help stabilize an injured
or ailing family member until help arrives. Make sure at least one family
member is trained in first aid and CPR and how to use an automated external
defibrillator. It could save a life.
Who should take this course?
CPR and Basic First Aid courses are designed to accommodate those people
wishing to learn Basic Life Support. Individuals in health-related fields,
care-providers for children or the elderly and people involved with athletics
will especially benefit from the cognitive skills gained in our courses, but
anyone who wishes to be prepared for an emergency situation should consider
Is CPR difficult to learn?
CPR consists of knowledge and skills, both of which can be learned by almost
any able-bodied person, adult or teenager. It is important, however, to pay
close attention to the specifics of all instructions when taking the course.
Can I be sued if I perform CPR incorrectly?
In most states private citizens are protected by the Good Samaritan Law which
states, in general terms, that unless you are a professional physician and have
demonstrated gross negligence while performing rescue efforts, you may not be
sued by the victim.
Your local Red Cross chapter offers courses to help you and your
family prepare for emergencies. Your local Red Cross chapter is aware of the
hazards that can happen in the area where you live and work, and can provide
you with presentations and information that will help you learn how to keep
your family and co-workers safe when disaster strikes.