This week, Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and Delegate Addie Eckardt both signed pledges to be “Red Cross ready” and to help others in their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
By signing the pledge, the two delegates also agreed to provide information to their constituents on having an emergency preparedness kit, creating a family plan for emergencies, getting trained in First Aid and CPR and how to get involved with Red Cross activities. “I applaud the Red Cross volunteers around the state and on the shore for their ongoing commitment to readiness as we recognize March as American Red Cross month,” said Delegate Addie Eckardt. “We all need to be aware and be prepared for emergencies that could occur in our community. Everyone can participate so get a kit, make a plan and be informed.”
The two delegates have been helping in other ways as well. They have both appeared in the annual Concours d’Elegance fashion show in St. Michaels which benefits the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. Two modeled clothes and jewelry from the Charisma and Bliss shops which are located in St. Michaels. This year’s event is scheduled for September 25-27, 2009 at the Inn at Perry Cabin.
“I am pleased to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to help Maryland citizens,” Haddaway said. “I am also very proud of our local group, American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. They have served over 1 million people on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware for over 100 years. What an incredible legacy.”
Haddaway and Eckardt advise everyone to put together an emergency kit that includes items such as bottled water, nonperishable food, flashlights, batteries and copies of important information. Families should also make a plan for emergencies by selecting two meeting places – one right outside your home and one outside of your neighborhood in case you cannot reach your home. The Delegates are also encouraging constituents to enroll in First Aid and CPR/AED courses or renew their certification if it is expired. For more information, you can contact Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio at (410) 841-3429 or Delegate Eckardt at (410) 841-3343 or visit www.redcross.org.