IRVING, Texas–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 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 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, please call 972-721-4833.
About the American Red Cross
The mission of the American Red Cross is saving lives through helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by over 5,000 volunteers and 120 employees, and supported by community donations, the Dallas Area Red Cross last year provided disaster relief to 759 Dallas area families affected by more than 600 disasters, trained more than 200,000 people in lifesaving skills and community disaster preparedness courses. The Dallas Area Red Cross also exchanged almost 3,000 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families.
About The Allstate Foundation
The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by the Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate(R)” slogan, Allstate provides insurance and financial investment products to more than 16 million households and has approximately 12,900 exclusive agencies and financial specialists in the U.S. and Canada. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote “safe and vital communities”; “tolerance, inclusion, and diversity”; and “economic empowerment”. The Allstate Foundation believes in the financial potential of every individual and in helping America’s families achieve their American dream.
Justin Schmitt, 972-871-6479