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Blue Ribbon Foundation Funds Emergency Preparedness Education

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By: Anthony Matrisciano
June 20, 2012
Pictured above: A fifth grade student participates in a recent safety workshop at Bushkill Elementary School in Dingmans Ferry.

Five hundred students from Monroe and Pike Counties participate in American Red Cross school-based workshops

Wilkes-Barre, PA — More than 500 fourth and fifth graders from Monroe and Pike Counties recently benefited from school-based safety workshops thanks to The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s $6,488.00 grant to the American Red Cross of the Poconos.

The emergency preparedness workshops were designed to educate youngsters who may be home alone on what to do in emergency situations and to arm them with information to help prevent emergencies from occurring.

The 90-minute sessions provided age-appropriate information and hands-on training on topics such as being home alone, first aid/pet first aid, home fires, lightning and thunderstorms, flooding, and how and when to use 9-1-1 to contact emergency responders.

The workshop was recently offered at Bushkill Elementary for 100 students.

During the 2011/2012 school year, workshops were also conducted at East Stroudsburg Elementary, JM Hill Elementary, Middle Smithfield Elementary, Resica Elementary, Smithfield Elementary and Notre Dame Elementary.

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.

BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.