NY Scholars Learn Emergency Preparedness Skills at the American Red Cross

February 20:  Scholars had the opportunity to learn hands-on emergency preparedness skills at a visit to the New York Chapter of the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross (ARC), provides disaster relief and emergency education within the U.S. and the New York Chapter is its largest and most active.

The day began with a warm welcome from Mr. Edmund Torraca, the Brooklyn disaster Program Manager. He introduced Scholars to the wide range of disaster relifef services that the organization provides, from responding to small home fires to large natural disasters such as Hurrican Sandy. The ARC works closely with local police and fire departments to provide shelter, food, and health services imediately after disasters happen.

Edmund Torraca, Brokklyn Disaster Program Manager, shows Scholars a map of incidents the NYC chapter responded to last year.

Edmund Torraca, Brokklyn Disaster Program Manager, shows Scholars a map of incidents the NYC chapter responded to last year.

Following the introduction, Scholars participated in a hands-on emergency preparedness workshop. Award-winning actress and Health and Safety Services Instructor, Lipica Shah, spoke on the importance of putting together an emergency communication plan and safety kit. In the second part of the workshop Scholars learned and practiced basic cardiopumonary rescuscitation (CPR) skills.They also learned how to respond to everyday emergencies such as choking, burns and seizures.

Fulbright Scholar Romain Maitra from India volunteers to play the role of victim, while American Red Cross instructor, Lipica Shah, demonstrates how to stop heavy bleeding from a deep wound.

Fulbright Scholar Romain Maitra from India volunteers to play the role of victim, while American Red Cross instructor, Lipica Shah, demonstrates how to stop heavy bleeding from a deep wound.

Many Scholars had been familiar with the Red Cross’ work in their own countries, but were surprised to find out about the organization’s work on a local level with first aid training and blood drives. They were also impressed to learn that the ARC is 90% volunteer run. They greatly appreciated being able to learn basic emergency skills that they could use both in the United States and in their home communities.

(left to right) ] Amakai Kefas from United Kingdom and Marta Manczuk from Poland, practice their CPR skills.

(left to right) ] Amakai Kefas from United Kingdom and Marta Manczuk from Poland, practice their CPR skills.

 

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