Joe Robach and his office want to encourage residents to support the Red Cross. The tragic events in Boston serve as a reminder to us all of the need to maintain a sufficient blood supply should an emergency arise. Residents should consider donating blood through the American Red Cross on a regular basis. To make an appointment, please call (800) 733-2767 between the hours of 9AM to 5:30PM, Monday through Friday or visit their website.

Additionally, the recent events in Boston and Texas emphasize the importance of knowing what to do when an emergency occurs. Joe Robach and his office want to encourage residents to train themselves in CPR. Even as first responders rushed into help at both scenes, much of the initial care to the injured was provided by friends, neighbors and bystanders who were trained in CPR and first aid. Whether the emergency is community-wide and involves numerous injuries, or involves a single individual being hurt at home, it is vital that someone close by knows what to do when such an emergency occurs.

The American Red Cross has numerous ways people can get the information and training they need to be able to help when an emergency occurs and urges everyone to be better prepared by taking advantage of training and mobile apps available to teach them what to do when someone needs assistance.

The Red Cross has classes available that emphasize hands-on-learning of First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The courses teach someone the skills they need to help save a life. Participants learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults and how to use AEDs. There are also options available to learn how to help infants and children. People can register by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

For more information contact the American Red Cross or the office of Joe Robach .