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Red Cross CPR/Preparedness Saturday is June 4

By Staff | May 30, 2011

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of people over the age of 45, and is a risk factor in sudden cardiac arrest, which kills over 300,000 every year.

However, many of these deaths are avoidable. That’s why the American Red Cross of Lee County has planned a special CPR/AED training event that will be held on Saturday, June 4 at their chapter headquarters, located at 7051 Cypress Terrace #110 in Fort Myers.

Participants will learn hands-only or “Citizen’s CPR”, which is a one-hour, non-certification course designed to teach the basics of CPR. That seminar will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Because this training falls in line with the beginning of hurricane season, we will also provide free disaster preparedness materials and advice to everyone who attends.

A joint presentation between Lee Memorial Health System and Red Cross will discuss disaster preparedness and response will start at 10 a.m.

Blood pressure testing and other booths will also be onsite.

All of the trainings are free, however pre-registration for the CPR courses is required. The first 100 people to pre-register will receive a complimentary Red Cross Bus – a compression tool used to demonstrate proper CPR compressions.

Register in advance for the CPR/Preparedness Saturday training event by calling the Fort Myers Red Cross chapter at 239-278-3401

The Red Cross is dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. It provides training in life-saving skills and mobilizes relief to victims of disasters in addition to assisting members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

For additional information about the Red Cross and the assistance it provides, making donations, registering for a class or volunteering, call 278-3401, or log on to www.arclcc.org. The American Red Cross of Lee County is a proud member of the United Way of Lee County.