Red Cross encourages preparedness during
Families should get prepared during National
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[September 22, 2014]
ILLINOIS – It’s National Preparedness Month and the American Red
Cross wants households across the country to come up with a game
plan to make sure their household is ready for the next emergency or
disaster. By definition, emergencies are an unforeseen combination
of circumstances that call for immediate action. They happen
quickly, sometimes giving someone only minutes to react.
GET PREPARED Planning ahead can help keep everyone safe.
During National Preparedness Month, families can take some steps to
be ready should disaster strike. Each household should make a plan,
build a kit and be informed.
MAKE A PLAN Planning together is important. Everyone in the
household should help develop the emergency plan and know what they
should do if something occurs. The plan should include ways to
contact and find one another.
Include two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden
emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case
circumstances prevent people from returning home. The plan should
also identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in
case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service.
GET A KIT Another step to get ready is to build an emergency
kit. Use an easy-to-carry container so the family can use it at home
or take it with them if asked to evacuate. It should contain a
three-day supply of water (one gallon, per person, per day),
nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank
radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of
medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene
items and copies of important personal documents.
BE INFORMED Everyone also needs to stay informed about what
types of disasters are most likely to occur where they live or where
they plan to visit, and how officials will communicate with you
during an emergency. It is also important to take a first aid and
CPR/AED course—a vital component of disaster preparedness in case
emergency help is delayed.
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RED CROSS APPS People can be ready for whatever comes
their way by downloading the free Red Cross apps for mobile
devices which not only help people during emergencies, but offer
help creating their emergency plan. The apps give people vital
information to use during emergencies, even if they can’t
connect to the internet. The apps can be downloaded from the
Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by
searching for American Red Cross.
For more Red Cross preparedness information, please visit
[Text received; ERIN MILLER, AMERICAN
RED CROSS - CENTRAL ILLINOIS REGION]The
American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood;
teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid;
and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its