Thursday, March 29, 2018

Saturday Free "Stop the Bleed" Class At Community Center And Neighborhood Cluster Captains Needed

Saturday from 12:30-2pm, Laurelhurst Earthquake Action Preparedness (LEAP), is having a free special class in coordination with the national Stop the Bleed Day, a national awareness campaign launched by the White House that encourages citizens to become trained, equipped, and educated to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. 

LEAP, s a grassroots organization started by Laurelhurst residents, to prepare the neighborhood for disaster  has organized doctors to present in order to educate residents on how to be more prepared to help save lives, be prepared, learn how to care for and respond to bleeding injuries in an emergency and identify potentially fatal bleeding and how to stop it.   Table groups will work with mannequins to practice stuffing a wound and using a tourniquet.

John Temple, the founder of LEAP, and also LCC Trustee, said:
Simply said, CPR saves lives by keeping the heart pumping and Stop the Bleed saves lives by not letting a victim bleed out. A person can bleed to death in just three to five minutes. With training, a life can be saved by those that attend this class. Seattle leads the nation in CPR, now let’s lead in residents knowing how to Stop the Bleed! 

LEAP's mission is to save lives, reduce injuries and strengthen the community’s resilience.

The group is also forming organizing clusters and cluster/block captains, of which over 30%have already signed up.  The goal of the captains is to blocks in the neighborhood to be organized in preparation for an earthquake or other catastrophic event, that will help with the neighborhoods' resilience.

LEAP has divided the neighborhood into clusters which roughly align with blocks and consist of about 20 houses each. To find out your cluster information contact 

LEAP Cluster Captains duties include organizing clusters, help with building a family disaster supplies kit and establishing an emergency plan with neighbor, including a designated meeting and distributes LEAP communications to neighbors

John said:

Working together can be fun, getting to know your neighbors better and all. Where to evacuate to if necessary could be important, too.  Neighbors help neighbors.  The first days or weeks it will be up to all of us to be prepared. The day after a major earthquake is not the time to try to figure out how to survive in Laurelhurst. Once Laurelhurst is organized it will have less effort to maintain. 
LEAP is run by your neighborhood volunteers and we are working towards emergency communications, first responders, setting up triage areas, gathering places, community hubs and so much more.  Everyone needs to understand how to organize their own household and where to help and get help when the big one hits.  
Support your neighborhood response team, LEAP. Sign up to be a block captain and/or provide vital information to allow LEAP to better support you and family and pets.  
Your Laurelhurst Community needs you to be prepared and understand how to get help. We want your families to be safe and ready to help others. Let's hope it never happens, but let's all be prepared if it does.

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