Learning key disaster preparedness tips is an important first step in being ready for an emergency of any kind.

The local Red Cross will offer a free Disaster Preparedness class to the community to help people get prepared.  The class will be from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 9th, at the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room.

Recognizing an emergency is the first step to a calmer and more assured response.  In today’s climate, it is more important than ever that all of us be prepared for possible emergencies.  Natural disasters or other emergencies can strike suddenly, but taking the necessary steps to be prepared can lessen the impact of the disaster on your family and home.

Although many people realize that they should be better prepared for disasters, few actually do what it takes to be ready. Only 7 percent of Americans have taken the steps necessary to get prepared, according to the American Red Cross.

March is National Red Cross Month, and the Red Cross will be undertaking several activities so that everyone can be ready in the event of a large-scale disaster or a health emergency that affects a single person.

The Grove course is free and open to the public. For questions, call the American Red Cross at 256-6143.