The old Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared” is as important today as it ever was. Being prepared means that you and your family know how to stay as safe as possible in an emergency because you’ve stocked up on key supplies and have an action plan. It also means having first-aid training that could change or save someone’s life—maybe even someone you love.
At Foresters, we believe that being prepared for life’s unexpected events is important to well-being, and empowering people is the best way to change lives for the better. That belief is why we offer members an emergency assistance benefit designed to provide short term, temporary financial assistance to members affected by significant personal hardship, disaster or large scale emergency. It’s also why we’ve partnered with the American Red Cross to deliver Foresters Prepared with Care, a unique program that provides valuable preparedness training and emergency kits to families in communities across the country.
At a Foresters Prepared with Care activity, members get together to receive first aid training led by local Red Cross chapters, and to assemble emergency preparedness kits containing essential items such as extra batteries, hand sanitizer, fresh water, a flashlight and an emergency blanket. At the end of the activity, members take home the kits they’ve assembled to pass out to friends, family members and neighbors. They also take home valuable skills and life-saving knowledge that they can share with others.
As a member, you can organize your very own Prepared With Care event for friends and family using a Foresters Community Grant to fund the activity. Visit here to find out more about the activity and how to get the ball rolling. In the meantime, visit The American Red Cross for valuable information on being “Red Cross Ready” for virtually any emergency, and consider finding out more about CPR and learning how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) during the first national Red Cross CPR/AED Awareness Week, June 1 – 7.
Safeguarding our members’ interest is at the heart of what we do, and we’re proud of the partnership we’ve formed with the American Red Cross because of what it brings to our members, their families and the communities in which they live.
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