Free disaster preparedness training Sept. 12 in Bellingham


BELLINGHAM - The Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a free disaster preparedness training on Thursday, Sept.12.

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

A brief overview of Red Cross services also will be given.

"By taking a few minutes to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster, you help the larger community as well," said Melissa Logan, emergency services director of the chapter. "Statistics show that it normally takes 72 hours for help to arrive, so the more prepared each individual is during that time, the better."

The training will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bellingham chapter office at 2111 King St.

All participants need to RSVP to attend; contact Linda Giles at or 360-733-3290, ext. 1015. For more information on preparedness and other chapter activities, go to

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