September is National Preparedness Month, and the Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has been invited by Northwest Natural to partner on a series of “Get Ready!” events around the state. Each event will feature safety preparedness demonstrations, kids’ activities, tours and materials from local emergency response organizations, all in an effort to help community members be prepared for anything from medical emergencies to natural disasters. In addition, Northwest Natural will be providing its signature barbeque lunch!
“This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in corporate and community engagement that helps to inform and inspire families to be prepared for any type of disaster,” said Francisco Ianni, director of preparedness for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. “We look forward to sharing information, tools and resources to individuals and families throughout the region.”
All Get Ready! events are free and open to the general public. No registration is necessary.
Prepare! Education Classes
The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross and Prepare! will also offer free community education classes that provide information on how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters by making personal disaster plans, establishing family meeting places and addressing emergency communication strategies. Participants learn how easy it is to assemble a disaster kit and have the opportunity to ask questions related to individual preparedness plans.
Portland | 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Tuesday, Sept. 24 | Oregon Trail Chapter, Tillamook Room, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland
With earthquakes around the globe and floods, wildfires and tornadoes around the country, many Oregonians are wondering whether they'd be prepared if a disaster were to strike right here at home. The classes cover many facets of disaster preparedness.
Red Cross also offers presentations free to groups. To request one, visit http://rdcrss.org/146OZir.