Who’s more Red Cross Ready: Batman or Spider-Man?


Unless you’ve been living under a rock all summer, you probably know that superheroes have been getting plenty of attention in the media.  With the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” – both box office hits – it’s no wonder that superhero fever has hit us here at the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.  Batman and Spider-Man are, essentially, the cat’s pajamas when it comes to fighting evil and saving the world, but I’m not worried about that. 

My real concern is: How Red Cross Ready are they?

It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural  disasters can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere, so it’s important to be prepared. That’s no different for the role of a superhero.


“Know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in your community”

  • Batman has based his entire life around protecting Gotham City.  He may not know every detail about every villanous disaster that strikes the city, but you can be sure he knows how to stop them.  Spider-Man is just beginning his career as New York City’s protector and is still a little wet behind the ears. Advantage: BATMAN!

“You should have a family disaster plan and have practiced it”

  • Peter Parker is still in high school during “The Amazing Spider-Man” and lives with his aunt and uncle.  Being so close to his loved ones, Peter most definitely has a family disaster plan.  Advantage: SPIDER-MAN!

“Have an emergency preparedness kit”

  • No one has gadgets like Batman does.  Although Spider-Man does sport some awesome web-shooters, Batman has many pretty impressive tools to fight crime and save the people of Gotham City in case of an emergency.  Advantage: BATMAN!

“Be trained in first aid and CPR/AED”

  • Spider-Man may have the love of his life, Mary Jane, but I’m not sure if she’s cut-out to be an effective sidekick without any formal CPR/AED training.  Batman however, has both Alfred and Lucius Fox, who supply Batman with all the technology and resources he needs to kick some villainous butt! Plus, I have a feeling Catwoman is definitely trained to perform CPR.  Advantage: BATMAN!

“Take action to help the community prepare”

  • Batman has always been a man of the shadows, and tries to shy away from the public spotlight, except in dire situations.  Spider-Man is a hero of example and his mantra “with great power come great responsibility” displays a powerful statement for the community.  Spider-Man encourages others to rise to the occasion and prepare for disaster wherever and whenever it occurs.  Advantage: SPIDER-MAN!

In conclusion, I think being a superhero isn’t about how many costumes or gadgets you have, or how much butt you kick.  If you are Red Cross Ready, everyone can be a superhero and rise to the occasion to help others and themselves.  

For more information on how to be a superhero in your community, visit redcross.org.


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