Recent events across the country and close to home emphasize the importance of knowing what to do when disaster strikes. Whether the emergency is community-wide or involves a single family, it is vital that people know what to do when an emergency occurs. The American Red Cross of Hancock County and the Findlay Fire Downtown Task Force is offering training to help families prepare for emergencies with a free disaster preparedness demonstration in Findlay.
“Getting yourself and your family more prepared for disasters can bring peace of mind during trying times and can help save someone’s life during future emergencies,” said Todd James, executive director of American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot counties. “By showing families to follow three easy steps — Get A Kit, Make A Plan and Be Informed — we help them prepare for emergencies before they happen.” The Be Red Cross Ready training will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sherman House Apartments located at 115 E. Front St. in Findlay.
James says the training will teach families how to prepare for disasters like home fires, floods, and severe weather. Attendees will learn how to assemble a family emergency kit; how to make plans for evacuation and sheltering; and how to access information before, during and after a disaster. The Findlay Fire Department will also demonstrate the use of a home fire extinguisher. Every family who attends the training will receive a Red Cross tote bag containing emergency preparedness information, a smoke detector, and a family first aid kit.
The program is free and registration is not required. For more information on Red Cross emergency preparedness resources, visit redcross.org/hancock or call (419) 422-9322.