CORTLAND, N.Y. (Sept. 15, 2014) — Cortland County residents can learn how to be prepared for a natural disaster or emergency during Cortland County Preparedness Week from Sept. 22-27. The week includes free lunch-and-learn sessions and presentations where residents can receive information and items for their preparedness kits.
The American Red Cross of Cortland County is hosting the events and emphasizing the three steps needed to be “Red Cross Ready”: Getting a kit, making a plan and being informed.
The lunch-and-learn series includes two sessions: a General Preparedness Presentation with Red Cross Community Disaster Education volunteer Tom Margrave at noon Monday, Sept. 22, and a First Responder Presentation with Cortlandville Fire Department Captain Mike TenKate at noon Wednesday, Sept. 24. Both sessions are in the upstairs classroom at 9 Main St. in Cortland and will include lunch.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, residents can receive starter items for their own preparedness kits by visiting one of the following sites: Cortland County Office Building, 60 Central Ave; Homer Community Building, 45 S. Main St. (behind the Fire Department); and Marathon Civic Center on Brink Street. Refreshments will be provided at each site.
At each site, residents can:
• Visit a mini Red Cross shelter.
• Receive a starter kit and learn how to build a preparedness kit.
• View an example of a preparedness kit.
• Listen to first responders describe their roles in a disaster or emergency.
• Learn how local agencies and organizations can help you prepare.
Cortland County Preparedness Week is sponsored by the American Red Cross of Cortland County, United Way of Cortland County, Cortland County Local Emergency Planning Committees, and Cortland County Chamber of Commerce. Employees from Marietta Corp. in Cortland donated items for the preparedness kits and helped build the kits.
For more information about Cortland County Preparedness Week, contact the American Red Cross of Cortland County at 753-1182.