Trigg County Red Cross collects to be ready for future
by Alan Reed
Sep 06, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Red Cross Volunteers Randy Wade and Sally Geisler accept a contribution from Anne Williamson while sharing disaster preparedness information.  The Red Cross sold first aid kits suitable for many emergencies and invited shoppers at Washer’s IGA to participate in training classes to better prepare the public for emergencies.  After assisting families of the Barkley Manor Fire, the Red Cross hopes to  be ready for a next time.
Red Cross Volunteers Randy Wade and Sally Geisler accept a contribution from Anne Williamson while sharing disaster preparedness information. The Red Cross sold first aid kits suitable for many emergencies and invited shoppers at Washer’s IGA to participate in training classes to better prepare the public for emergencies. After assisting families of the Barkley Manor Fire, the Red Cross hopes to be ready for a next time.
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The Trigg County Chapter of the American Red Cross is one of the lead agencies on the scene of major disasters to put lives back together. Last Friday, representatives of the Red Cross held a fundraiser at Washer’s IGA and Hancock’s Neighborhood Market.

Interim Chapter President Angie Mills said that the Red Cross was accepting donations and selling first aid kits with proceeds staying within the local chapter to provide aid within Trigg County.

The Trigg County Chapter is one of the few in the state without a paid employee- all Red Cross personnel are volunteers.

Trigg County Rescue Director Randy Wade was at Washer’s selling first aid kits for $19.95 and distributing information. He cited the all-volunteer effort and said “I don’t think we could do this anywhere but Trigg County.”

“We are giving out disaster preparedness material discussing earthquakes, tornadoes, flash floods, what to do if there is a hazardous materials spill and to be ready for any emergency,” said Wade.

Wade added, “Disaster relief like for the fire comes out of our local funding. We’re depleted from this latest crisis. We encourage anyone who wants to donate to the victims of the fire at any local bank.”

Volunteer Sally Geisler said that the Trigg County Chapter had paid $6,000 in aid to the victims of the fire, and needed to be prepared to do the same in the future.

Wade believed that the first aid kits being sold could prove useful in a number of situations. “This is a pretty neat kit. It has triangular bandages, fold-in-fours and simple instructions what to do for burns. There is even a first aid book in it.”
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