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Free Family Preparedness Training in Findlay

There is no worse feeling in an emergency than helplessness

FINDLAY, OH - The American Red Cross of Hancock County is offering a free Be Red Cross Ready disaster preparedness training on February 26 5:30-7:00 pm at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main Street in downtown Findlay. The program will help local families prepare for emergencies as part of Project Prepare. Project Prepare is a Red Cross initiative to train half a million Ohio residents in emergency preparedness.

“There is no worse feeling in an emergency than helplessness”, says Red Cross Executive Director Todd James. “Being unable to treat someone suffering sudden cardiac arrest because no one around has learned a life-saving skill. Wondering if the kids know to take cover in the basement when the tornado sirens blare. And the worst—knowing that there are children who hide in fear because they haven’t been taught how to safely get out of a home that’s on fire.”

James says the Red Cross 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.

Red Cross AmeriCorp worker Cole McMath will be giving hands only Citizen CPR training during the program. Captain Jerry Greer of the Findlay Fire Department will present fire prevention and safety information and 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 alarm, 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.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/hancock, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/hancockcountyredcross or follow us on Twitter at @HancockRedCross.