This time of year, we start looking at "hinkey" weather. . .tornadoes, hurricanes, monsoons. . .In the midst of rushing through everyday life, it’s important to take a minute or two to prepare for emergencies. Being prepared helps you and your family minimize the impact of a disaster such as a hurricane or an emergency such as a broken leg.
The American Red Cross recommends having a disaster supply kit ready in case of such an event. Here is a quick checklist of some of the items you should have in your kit—you can simply build your own or buy one that meets your needs at http://www.redcrossstore.org
ITEM IN MY PREPAREDNESS KIT -- YES/NO
Medications & Special Items __/__
Tools & Supplies __/__
Clothing & Bedding __/__
Emergency Car Kit __/__
Important Family Documents __/__
First Aid Kit __/__
Plus any additional Items you feel you need
PREPAREDNESS: An Everyday Task for Everyday Life
Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services—water, gas, electricity or telephones—were cut off?
Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes. The American Red Cross encourages you to:
Make A Plan
Make a family communications plan that includes an evacuation plan and coordinates with your school, work and community communication plans. Practice this plan with your entire family.
Get A Kit
Build a disaster supply kit that includes enough supplies for each family member for three days. Remember to check your kit every six months.
✓✓ Know what may happen and how you can help
✓✓ Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work and play and how they can affect you, your family and community
✓✓ Identify how authorities will notify you and how you will get important information
✓✓ Learn what you can do to prepare by contacting your local chapter of the American Red Cross to ask about first aid, CPR and disaster training
✓✓ Share what you have learned
To learn more, please visit the American Red Crossr website at www.redcross.org