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 individual family, it is vital that someone close by knows what to do when such an emergency occurs. The American Red Cross of Hancock County is offering training to help families prepare for emergencies, with free Be Red Cross Ready classes in Carey, Findlay and Arlington.
“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, American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot counties. “By showing families how to do three easy actions, Get A Kit, Make A Plan and Be Informed, we help them prepare for emergencies before they happen.” The Be Red Cross Ready trainings will be held in Carey on Tuesday, April 30, 5:30 p.m. at the Dorcas Carey Public Library, 236 E. Findlay St. and in Findlay on Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 p.m. at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St.
James says the training will teach families how to prepare for disasters, including home fires, floods and severe weather by assembling a family emergency kit, making plans for evacuation and sheltering, and knowing how to access information before, during and after a disaster. Every family that attends the training will receive a Red Cross tote bag containing emergency preparedness information, a smoke detector and a family first aid kit.
The programs are free and registration is not required. For more information on Red Cross emergency preparedness resources, visit redcross.org/hancock or call (419) 422-9322