The Red Cross Club organizes information workshops to promote disaster preparedness

Story by Charlotte Dekle
Associated feature editor

Photo courtesy of Kathy Tam

The SPHS Red Cross Club is hosting a wildfire information workshop as part of a series of new seminars and events to promote disaster preparedness in the community. The club’s disaster preparedness manager, second Kathy Tam, is working to create workshops to raise awareness of how to stay safe in the event of a natural disaster.

“Every month or so I hold a workshop to raise awareness of a natural disaster or first aid or really anything you can do to prepare for something that could affect your health,” Tam said.

Recently, Tam started planning a workshop on earthquake preparedness, including what to keep in an “earthquake bag”. This bag is filled with everything one would need in an earthquake if they had to flee their home, including water and toiletries.

“When an earthquake happens, a lot of people freeze up and don’t know what to do. Everyone predicts that there will be a very big earthquake in California next year. So it’s a really urgent issue that a lot of people should be prepared for,” Tam said.

Club members serve as campus representatives for the global organization of the Red Cross to promote safety, health, societal contributions, and natural disaster relief. Campus officials schedule blood drives and, in Tam’s case, educational programs to encourage campus well-being.

At previous club meetings, Tam has led her constituents in CPR training workshops. Tam brought in a dummy to practice CPR and brought members of her club to gain experience in CPR. Additionally, Tam held a first aid workshop, teaching her friends how to administer aid in an emergency.

Tam hopes the public will take the information to heart, especially in the event of a wildfire, an issue somewhat unique to California.

“Many immigrant families move to California unaware of the specific natural disasters that occur here. [They’re] After [aware of] hurricanes and thunderstorms, unlike California which has hurricanes and wildfires,” Tam said.

Tam talks about the need to prepare for disasters on campus, especially to have the equipment in case of an emergency, knowing that this equipment could be crucial in preserving life in the future.

“It’s not like no one ever gets hurt. They must know what to do in these cases. It’s really important, the basic knowledge you need to know [to be] healthy and safe in society,” Tam said.

Students can get involved with the Red Cross Club by attending their monthly Thursday meetings and following the club on instagram for event updates.

The Red Cross Club organizes information workshops to promote disaster preparedness was last modified: April 25, 2022 by Charlotte Dekle