If disaster struck, would you be ready? Find out ways to become better prepared in a crisis situation at a Family Safety Preparedness Day on Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Free activities are planned throughout the library for the whole family. This program is co-sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries and the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.
Children will enjoy a visit from the City of Houston’s Ready Super Heroes, who will show how children can help their families prepare for emergencies. Performances begin at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 1:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. Various emergency vehicles, such as Hazmat and fire trucks, will be parked outside for children to see.
Members of the American Red Cross will provide demonstrations of bystander CPR every 30 minutes starting at 10:00 am, in Room 2D. According to the American Heart Association, when effective bystander CPR is provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, a victim’s chance of survival can double or triple.
Beginning at 9:15 am and 11:30 am in Room 2B, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will provide basic orientation training for individuals who are interested in becoming volunteers with the MRC Team. Learn how to prepare for and respond to public-health emergencies like 9/11 or disasters like hurricanes. After a crisis or disaster, members of the MRC Team assist at Points-of-Distribution (POD) sites by helping to dispense medications, inform the public about the crisis at hand, direct line-flow, and many other duties.
Once an individual has received the basic orientation for the MRC Team, he or she has the option of continuing their training to become Unit Leaders. This advanced leader training will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, in Room 2B. Leadership posts require more responsibility and attention to detail in areas such as Planning, Logistics, and Operations.
Displays will be set up in the Gallery of the library with more information on disaster supplies, hurricane evacuation routes, and much more.
All programs and activities for the Family Safety Preparedness Day are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.