Learn How to Prepare for Disasters and EmergenciesBIG RAPIDS— Each year, nearly 5 million people learn how to prepare themselves, their households and their businesses for emergencies. The American Red Cross in Mecosta and Osceola Counties is offering the following courses where people can join the ranks of those ready and prepared to save a life! Listed to the right are course offerings for October. Scholarships are available (as part of our United Way allocation) to help offset the course fee. Call 796-6562 for more information. The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. Bloodborne Pathogens covers the bloodborne pathogens regulation issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Students learn how bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to prevent exposure incidents, and how to recognize, report and follow up on employee exposures to infectious materials. Babysitter’s Training will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Caregiving skills take prospective young sitters from feeding to diapering and playtime to bedtime routines. Participants also learn how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents All classes are held at our Mecosta-Osceola Chapter, located at 218 S. Warren, in Big Rapids. Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines, feature hands-on skills practice and include 2 year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers. Visit redcross.org/training or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.