Berta Jiang learned the importance of supporting the head of a injured person by pushing up the chin while trying to feel for a change in breathing during a hands-only CPR demonstration at Save-a-Life Saturday in the West Valley Mall. Mike Pellatt/For the Tracy Press
Save-a-Life Saturday was held at the West Valley Mall in Tracy with the American Red Cross displaying the proper contents of a disaster pack to be ready for any emergency included should be water, rations, and medical supplies. Mike Pellatt/For the Tracy Press
An American Red Cross representative talks with a participant about what should be included in a disaster kit. The 1989 earthquake is a good example of why a disaster kit is needed. Mike Pellatt/For the Tracy Press
Lisa Cruz, of the American Red Cross, explained the need for a disaster kit and the use of CPR during emergencies during Save-a-Life Saturday at the West Valley Mall.
On Saturday, June 22, participants learned how to listen for breathing and get blood flowing through the heart using hands-only CPR. Cruz demonstrated how to manually pump a person’s blood using one’s hands and body weight until emergency help arrives and can take over.
On display was a disaster kit with information about what should be included in such a pack: water, nonperishable food, basic medical supplies and flashlights, Cruz said. Legal documents of identification and extra medication should also be included. Learn more
If you missed Save-a-Life Saturday, visit the American Red Cross office at 2453 Grand Canal Blvd., in Stockton, or http://www.redcross.org/ca/sacramento • Contact the Tracy Press at 835-3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.