You can’t be too prepared. That’s the unofficial motto of the American Red Cross, which will offer a first aid/CPR class open to professionals and average citizens, including students. “The number one reason we urge everyone to be prepared before a disaster is because we don’t know when they will happen,” said Todd James, executive director. “We see everyday people who are trained to respond to emergencies and who are called upon to save a life.” The Red Cross offers classes throughout the year in first aid, CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators. James said ideally one family member would be trained in CPR and other first aid techniques. Those skills don’t take the place of professional first responders, but buy time until help can arrive. There will be more in the future that may just help you or someone you know come through a crisis safely. Registration is required for the classes, which have an online component that must be completed beforehand.
Monday, March 2 from 10am-noon at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. 419-422-9322. www.redcross.org/hancock