National Preparedness Month: Places to Learn Essential Emergency Skills

Sep 27, 2019, 09:45 AM by Nuvision 

When an emergency occurs, some people immediately panic, call 911, and are entirely reliant on first responders to handle the situation. First responders are incredible, and they do so much for our community, but they also can’t be everywhere at once. 

On average, it takes first responders five to ten minutes to arrive on the scene. A lot can happen in that time. In certain situations, like when someone is choking or having an allergic reaction, it might even be too late. 

Knowing basic first aid skills can save someone's life. That’s why we wanted to share some organizations in Southern California specifically helping teach these skills:


The Red Cross of California

The Red Cross has several locations in Southern California. They provide first aid, CPR and AED training, that can be learned either online in a simulation found on their website, or in-person with a trainer. They also have flexible time slots to fit everyone's schedule, making attending a class easy as you juggle your day to day life. All of the courses are taught by trained professionals with up to date information from their scientific advisory council. This is a great program to join to learn these techniques and to receive your certificate of completion. 

SureFire CPR

This next organization specializes in offering professional and affordable CPR certification classes taught by professionals in the field, such as firefighters and paramedics. There are several locations in Southern California, or you can also have them come to your place of business or home to teach a class for yourself or to a group. This flexibility makes it easy to learn from this organization, and their courses include first aid (things such as how to stop bleeding, how to do the Heimlich maneuver, etc.) and AED training. Others who have taken classes here and received their certifications have given them high praise, so stop by if you have the time!


This organization teaches not only CPR but also BLS, or basic life-saving skills. Some highlights of this organization include the low-cost classes to receive certification, as well as the sheer number of students they have taught and graduated, which is now at 5,700 students! This organization can also provide you with life-saving devices as first aid kits and AEDs for your home or business! Classes are taught here every day of the week except for Sunday.


This program specializes in what to do in case of a major disaster (such as an earthquake, which California has many of yearly), as well as teaching some other basic skills such as AED and CPR training. CERT discusses how in a major disaster, first responders go to the most critical areas first and will not be able to help every person at once. They give a reminder that it is up to you to be prepared to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors. They train individuals for free at weekly classes. This program also invites you to meet other graduates of the program in your community, so that you can stay connected and learn together!

Impact Personal Safety

This unique organization teaches you skills on how to avoid dangerous conflicts and scenarios, as well as how to physically defend yourself if you were to be attacked by someone else. They teach awareness skills, boundary-setting, assailant defense, and more. Knowing these sorts of skills can help you assess a situation to prevent an assault from happening altogether, and in a worst-case scenario, how to protect yourself from an attacker. This class is set up for all ages to learn personal safety and is taught throughout the year. 

Classes such as these are taught all throughout Southern California. This list is just a sample of all there is out there, so there are definitely lots of options for you to choose from. Remember: the more people who know these skills means more people each year could survive from life-threatening emergencies. 

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