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Get Red Cross Ready Saturday in Cortland County

CORTLAND, N.Y. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The American Red Cross of Cortland County will cap Cortland County Preparedness Week by hosting free presentations on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Cortland, Homer and Marathon for residents who want to learn how to be prepared for a natural disaster or emergency.

The presentations will emphasize the three steps needed to be “Red Cross Ready”: Getting a kit, making a plan and being informed. Refreshments will be provided, and residents will receive starter items for their own preparedness kits. Here are the details:

Who: Anyone interested in learning how to be prepared for a disaster or emergency.

What: Free presentation at which 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; and learn how local agencies and organizations can help you prepare.

When:10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Where:Cortland County Office Building, 60 Central Ave., Cortland; Homer Community Building, 45 S. Main St., Homer (behind the Fire Department); and Marathon Civic Center, Brink Street, Marathon.

Why:Cortland and other upstate New York counties are at high risk for man-made, technological and natural disasters. Preparedness information provides residents with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies, respond accordingly and recover to pre-disaster conditions as quickly as possible.

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.