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Helping to ensure that Greater Cleveland is a safe and healthy place to live and work is a priority for the American Red Cross. Although the threat of major natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes is remote in this area, other disasters such as tornadoes, severe wind and thunderstorms, fires, hazardous material accidents and heat emergencies could occur at any time. The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross has developed comprehensive plans to prevent and respond to disasters.

DISASTER PREVENTION AND DISASTER RELIEF

When disaster does strike in Cleveland, it usually comes in the form of house fires. The Red Cross responds to an average of nearly two fires every 24 hours. Highly trained Red Cross volunteers are on the scene almost immediately, bringing material and emotional help to those affected. The Red Cross provides fire victims with a safe place to stay, clothing and meals. But the help doesnt stop there. Red Cross caseworkers help families find a new place to live and provide vouchers for new clothes, essential household furniture, occupational supplies and personal items such as eyeglasses and prescriptions.

Testing community-wide disaster plans is an important part of preparedness. The Red Cross, along with public safety forces, emergency management agencies and hospitals, routinely conduct disaster drills to ensure the effectiveness of community-wide disaster plans.

SAVE-A-LIFE PROGRAM

The Red Cross, in cooperation with the Cleveland Fire Department, provides free smoke detectors to all homes within the city through the Save-A-Life program. The Red Cross raises funds to purchase smoke detectors and the fire department installs them. This program has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of deaths due to fire in the city.

FOUNDATIONS FOR CAREGIVING

The American Red Cross is improving the economic health of the community by providing high quality job training to thousands of people each year. The Red Cross Foundations for Caregiving program trains individuals to be nurse assistants and home health aides. Many of the programs participants come from economically disadvantaged situations. The Red Cross provides them with state approved job training that they would be otherwise unable to access. The program is also taught in Spanish for members of the Hispanic community. The job placement rate for this program is nearly one hundred percent.

HIV/AIDS EDUCATION

Education is the best weapon against the spread of HIV and AIDS. The Red Cross HIV/AIDS education program reaches diverse communities to teach people the facts about AIDS. Red Cross instructor trainers teach educators from community groups, schools and churches in a train the trainer module. These individuals can in turn educate their own groups. Special emphasis has been placed on reaching the Hispanic and African American communities, as well as youth. Red Cross also provides direct HIV/AIDS education to community groups.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Public safety is essential, especially where large crowds gather. During public events throughout the community, highly trained members of the American Red Cross First Aid TEAM provide first aid to the public.
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