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During the month of August, the Marianna Black Library has teamed up with the American Red Cross to offer several Virtual Red Cross Training's on how to be prepared for a variety of emergency situations. These programs are catered to a variety of ages, though anyone can attend any program.

The series of trainings continue next week with “Be Red Cross Ready” on Monday, August 24th, for adults at 3pm; and Wednesday, the 26th, for teens at 2pm.  Both programs are designed to help participants understand, prepare for, and respond appropriately to disasters by focusing on a step-by-step approach that is manageable, action-oriented, and affordable. The programs introduce basic emergency preparedness skills, goes through the current causes, signs and prevention of COVID-19 and goes over the risks inherent to local disasters such as floods, wildfires and home fires. We will then discuss how to prepare, respond appropriately, and the basic steps to stay safe after any of these disasters.

These online workshops are not prerecorded.  They are presented in real-time and encourage your participation.

To attend the Adult Be Red Cross Ready, register here:

To attend the Teen Be Red Cross Ready, register here:


The Marianna Black Library is located in Downtown Bryson City at the corner of Academy and Rector.  For more information or driving directions call the library at (828) 488-3030 or visit on the world wide web.