Scott, Bolinsky to host Red Cross Emergency preparedness training

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A massive cleanup effort and damages from Tropical Storm Isaias carried close to $200,000 in costs for the town. Contributed

State representatives Tony Scott (R-112) and Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) will join the American Red Cross in hosting a virtual Red Cross Emergency Preparedness training class on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

The state representatives of Newtown and Monroe are partnering with the American Red Cross to provide this virtual training, which will detail easy-to-do steps in advance of an emergency to ensure you can withstand a crisis safely with minimal discomfort.

The training will occur on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. To participate in the Red Cross training Zoom, go to www.RepScott/RedCross on Feb. 1.

The “Be Red Cross Ready” training is a national, standardized preparedness education program for adults taught by a certified Red Cross presenter. The curriculum is designed to help people understand, prepare for, and respond appropriately to year-round disasters like home fires and local hazards like hurricanes.

In recent years, Newtown has had its share of natural disasters including Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the May 15, 2018 tornado-like windstorm that cut a path of destruction along the north side of town and Tropical Storm Isaias in 2020. In each case, thousands were left without power and individual and town losses were in the millions of dollars.

In Monroe, 77-percent of homes were left without power at one point in the aftermath of Isaias, which caused $200,000 in damage.

Scott and Bolinski welcome members of the public to join them for some practical planning tips on Tuesday.

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