Mt. Baker Red Cross to hold emergency preparedness classes in Bellingham and Burlington

The Mount Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a series of free “Be Red Cross Ready” classes in the coming months.

In Bellingham, two 6 p.m. classes will be held at the chapter’s headquarters, 2111 King St., on Tuesday, April 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 17.

In Burlington, two classes – also at 6 p.m. – will be held at the new Skagit County Service Center, 104 S. Walnut St., on Wednesday, March 28, and Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Red Cross staff and volunteers will teach attendees how to prepare themselves and their families for emergency situations. Participants will learn to build an emergency kit and create a disaster plan. They will also receive useful emergency tips about floods, house fires and earthquakes.

Disaster preparedness supplies will be available for purchase.

“By taking a few minutes to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster, you help the larger community as well,” Stacy Rice, the Mt. Baker Chapter’s emergency services director, said in a March 5 press release. “Statistics show that it normally takes 72 hours for help to arrive, so the more prepared each individual is during that time, the better.”

No RSVP is required. For more information, visit www.mtbredcross.org.

March is recognized by the charitable organization as American Red Cross Month.

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