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American Red Cross Partners with the City of St. Louis to Host Community Heroes Day 
The American Red Cross partnered with the City of St. Louis to host "Community Heroes Day" on Saturday, September 29 on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University. During the event, the public was invited to take three steps to become a lifesaving hero - 1. Donate blood, 2. Learn CPR, and 3. Prepare for disasters. The event enabled the Red Cross to train 68 people in CPR, 16 people in disaster preparedness, and to collect 21 units of lifesaving blood.

Red Cross Urges Public to Prepare for Home Fires; St. Louis Area Chapter Responds to Over 1,100 Local Fires Each Year 
Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined. For that reason, the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter urges families to develop a fire escape plan and to actively practice it. Knowing and practicing fire escape plans is the focus of this year's National Fire Prevention Week, set for October 7 - 13.

American Red Cross Celebrates 90 Years of Youth Volunteers 
In September, the American Red Cross celebrates 90 years of significant contributions made by youth volunteers in support of the Red Cross mission to help the community prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies. President Woodrow Wilson first established the Junior Red Cross in September of 1917, soon after the United States entered World War I, allowing youth to do their part in times of both war and peace.

American Red Cross Trains New Medical Students in CPR 
For more than 20 years, the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter has provided training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to Saint Louis University's first-year medical students. In August, Red Cross instructors taught and certified 169 students on the Saint Louis University School of Medicine's campus. Throughout the metropolitan area, the St. Louis Area Chapter trains over 85,000 people in first aid and CPR and over 15,300 in the proper use of AEDs each year.

Bryan Cave, LLP Receives Lifesaver Community Award from American Red Cross 
The American Red Cross presented its Lifesaver Community Award to Bryan Cave, LLP on Friday afternoon for training its employees in First Aid and CPR on a regular basis and for placing emergency equipment onsite throughout its facilities. To celebrate Bryan Cave's outstanding commitment to helping its employees and the greater community prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies, a Red Cross Celebration Team took part in today's onsite recognition event.

Ready for Disaster? Not Yet, We Are Told 
A report timed six years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - and more than two years after Hurricane Katrina - says the St. Louis region is not as ready as it should be for a large-scale disaster. Individuals and neighborhoods in particular should be more prepared for a large chemical spill, pandemic flu, major earthquake or severe tornado, which were rated in the FOCUS St. Louis study released Tuesday as the most likely disasters here. Readiness has improved, a 29-member task force of the civic leadership organization found, but communication and collaboration remained a weakness, especially across state lines.

A Dogs Life, a Familys Care
Many people think of their dogs as family. A new book from the Red Cross helps them care for their dogs like family, too.

Red Cross Partners with 100 Black Men of America
A new agreement will provide a unique opportunity for the Red Cross to reach African-American audiences, especially youth.

Lessons Learned in Aceh Save Lives in Sumatra
Red Cross simulations and real-life experiences are helping residents of Indonesia prepare for natural disasters.

Red Cross Workers Deploy With Service Members in Iraq
The Red Cross mobile Armed Forces Emergency Services team go to all ends of the Earth to help U.S. service members...literally.

Now is the Time to Be Informed
Do you know what types of disasters can occur in your area and how to prepare for them? Find out today.

Free CNA Training Online
Finding CNA training classes in order to become a Certified Nurses Assistant or nurse’s aid is sometimes as easy as checking to see if the local two-year community college or nursing school offers CNA training classes. CNA training classes are also offered by select skilled nursing facilities and long-term nursing facilities. Most CNA training classes last about six weeks and cover such topics as basic hygiene, CPR, assisting patients with daily living activities, proper feeding techniques and patient safety. There are some very basic requirements for enrolling in CNA training classes, but these do not include a high school diploma or GED usually required by other medical training programs. Prospective CNA students must demonstrate basic math and English skills and most training classes require the student be at least 18 years of age. Good health and physical stamina is also required to successfully complete CNA training classes because standing, lifting and bending are required by the duties of the job when dealing with patients. CNA training classes will vary depending upon the state in which the student is taking coursework. Some CNA training classes require more hours of clinical and theory coursework than others. CNA training classes are offered by some institutions at night or on weekends to accommodate individuals shifting careers who may only be able to take the training on a part time basis. No matter whether the student takes a two-year college CNA training class or a class offered by a long-term nursing facility, all certified nurse aids must pass a competency test leading to a Certified Nurse Assistant Certification. CNA Certification requires 75 hours of training at the minimum, along with successfully passing a state exam offered by the state in which the CNA will be practicing. Some nursing homes and skilled care nursing facilities that offer CNA training classes enable students to enroll in their classes without paying tuition in exchange for agreeing to work at that facility for a set amount of time following graduation and obtaining the CNA Certification. This enables prospective nurses aid candidates who may not be able to afford schooling to learn to become a CNA and have the added benefit of full-time employment immediately following receipt of their CNA Certification.