Allstate Foundation, American Red Cross Team to Offer Disaster Preparedness for Dallas-Area Hispanic Community

February 25, 2004

More than 30 percent of families affected by severe weather in the Dallas area are of Hispanic origin, meaning that at least 350 Latino families are victims of disasters each year. A new disaster education program will reportedly educate the Dallas Spanish-speaking community on what resources are available to help prevent disasters and how to respond to them when they occur.

The American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter initiated this education program with the help of a $10,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation. The goal is to train at least 2,000 Latinos to “Prepare for the Unexpected” and help save lives and property.

Juntos Nos Preparamos (Together We Prepare) is the first in a planned series of Spanish-language educational workshops and is a joint project of the Dallas Area Red Cross and the City of Irving’s Public Health and Environmental Services Department. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the City of Irving Civic Center; 825 W. Irving Blvd. Admission is free, but limited to the first 200 participants who register.

In addition to the training from the American Red Cross, there will also be valuable information presented by the Irving Police and Fire Departments, the City of Irving Emergency Management Office, and Allstate. There will also be a special program for children ages 7 to 13 and time for questions and answers.

To register or get more information, call 972-721-4833.

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