American Red Cross Twin Cities Area Chapter

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What does GET READY mean?

  1. Get a Kit. Make sure your home and businesses have the right supplies on hand in case of an emergency.
  2. Get a Plan. Create an evacuation/communication emergency plan.
  3. Get Involved! Take a class, donate money, blood, or your time.

Get Ready at Home

Get Ready at School

Get Ready at Work

Get Ready in Your Community


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"If You Dont Prepare, You Cant Complain" - Article on Getting Ready


Weve created the Red Cross Community Challenge. Check out how your city ranks, and if theyre not partnering with us, urge your city leaders to join. Well tap the competitive spirit of every community and challenge them to be the most Red Cross Ready City.


Throughout 2007, partnering with city leaders, community organizations, and YOU, well turn everyone in the Twin Cities area into a lifesaver who can prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies.


All you have to do to join the Red Cross Community Challenge is take a CPR/First Aid class. To learn more about our classes and registration- click here or call 612-872-3245.


Then make a favorite on your computer and check in each week to see how your city ranks. Spread the word and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to become lifesavers too!


We want to thank the cities and their leaders who have stepped up to join the challenge so far.


City Mayor
Blaine Mayor Tom Ryan
Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead
Burnsville Logo Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer
Center City Mayor Mark Wolcott
Centerville Mayor Mary Capra
Crystal Mayor ReNae Bowman
Eden Prairie Mayor Phil Young
City of Edina Logo Mayor James Hovland
Falcon Heights Mayor Susan Gehrz
Farmington Mayor Kevan Soderberg
Golden Valley Mayor Linda Loomis
Ham Lake Mayor Paul Meunie
Hopkins Mayor Gene Maxwell
Hilltop Mayor Jerry Murphy
Hugo Mayor Fran Miron
Inver Grove Heights Mayor George Tourville
Isanti Mayor George Wimmer
Lexington Mayor Don Valenta
Loretto Mayor John Reynolds
Medicine Lake Mayor Mary Ann Young
Mendota Mayor Stephen Golias
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
Ready Minnetonka Logo Mayor Jan Callison
Minnetrista Mayor Cheryl Fischer
Mounds View Mayor Rob Marty

New Brighton Logo

Mayor Steve Larson

New Hope Mayor Martin Opem
Plymouth Mayor Kelly Slavik
Prior Lake Mayor Jack Haugen
Rogers Mayor Paul Przybilla
Rosemount Logo Mayor William Droste
Rush City Mayor Jim Ertz
South St. Paul Mayor Beth Baumann
Sunfish Lake Mayor Molly Park
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
Taylors Falls Mayor Michael Buchite
Wayzata Mayor Andrew Humphrey
West St. Paul Mayor John Zanmiller




There are other ways you can become a Red Cross "Community Hero"!


Teach a Class

The Red Cross provides important training in all aspects of LIFESAVING and community safety. If you have the qualifications and the skills, you can be a volunteer instructor. If you dont have the necessary training, but you want to teach, well train you.


Talk to Your Neighbors

Become a "Community Hero" in your own city! Talk to your neighbors at events, in schools and other locations throughout the Twin Cities. As a trained volunteer, you can help your city GET READY for disasters, fires, storms, pandemic and more. E-mail Viviana at or call her at 612-872-3224


Our presentations are also tailored to specific multicultural groups.


For more info, e-mail Chris Burns at or call 612-252-1031. Let him know that you want your city to GET READY!