A few of the community members (including me) are working on organizing a layman CPR and first aid education session in Punjabi and English at the Gurdwara Sahib. Given the high number of heart attacks, strokes, and similar emergencies that have already occurred within the local Punjabi community, it is important for the community to learn what to do in case of an emergency. These events could happen in a home or other location where there isn’t help immediately available. I think this is a good start for those who would not take a full first aid course. For example, a lot of us have done CPR courses for work or school but our parents and grandparents haven’t, or international students and high schools students haven’t. I think that this will be an ideal opportunity for them to get some training in even what to say when calling 911, how to use an AED and do CPR with dummies. Emergencies can be overwhelming and scary for the bystanders (which can be family and friends) which is why it helps to have practice. When it personally touches our lives, we are woken up to the importance of being prepared. We are hoping to open registration soon with a small fee of $25 each to pay the instructors from the company that will be providing the education. I will fill in details in a couple of days about how to register but I wanted to plant the seed that things are in the works and the equipment will also be ready to be permanently in place at the Gurdwara Sahib. As an education point for other Gurdwara Sahibs across the country and the world, AEDs can be life-saving and our Gurdwaras should carry them in addition to basic first aid kits. In your own homes, we should also think about whether you are prepared for medical emergencies, power outage, winter storms, etc. Hopefully I can write a post about what kind of planning and preparation might be involved at some point.