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An everyday task for everyday life
Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school,
work and in your community.
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
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. We encourage you to:
Red Cross can help you learn how to be prepared. Request
a trained Red Cross volunteer or staff member to speak
to your school, church, civic club or community group. Learn
how to prepare for and cope with all types of disasters—from
fires, floods and tornados to severe weather and summer
heat waves. Presentations are free and can be tailored to
important that you be prepared for possible disasters and
Click on the Banner above for a brief tutorial or continue reading below
Here are 3 Actions you should take to be prepared in emergencies.
American Red Cross recommends that everyone get or make
a disaster supply kit. Remember to check your kit and replace
the stock the stock six months. Your kit should include:
your disaster supplies in sturdy yet easy-to-carry containers,
in a place that is easily accessible. Keep a smaller version
of the kit in your vehicle. If you become stranded or are
not able to return home, having some items with you will
help you be more comfortable until help arrives.
for a disaster or life threatening emergencies before they
happen is vital.
Discuss with your family the disasters that can
happen where you live. Establish responsibilities for
each member of your household and plan to work together
as a team. Designate alternates in case someone is absent.
If a family member is in the military, also plan for how
you would respond if they were deployed. Include the local
emergency military base resources that may be available.
Choose two places to meet after a disaster: One
place that is outside of your home, in case of a sudden
emergency, such as a fire. Another place that is outside
of your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or
are asked to evacuate your neighborhood.
Each responsible adult in your household should learn
how and when to turn off utilities such as electricity,
water, and gas. Ask your local fire department to show
you how to use a fire extinguisher.
Inform everyone in the household where emergency supplies
are kept. Make copies of the information for someone to
carry with them. Keep the information updated.
Run practice home evacuation drills twice a year.
Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate
routes in case main roads are impassable or gridlocked.
your Pets: If you must evacuate, take your animals
with you. If it is not safe for you to remain in your
home, it is not safe for your pets.
your Community: Volunteer
in your community and give blood. More than one million
people in the United States volunteer in their communities.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, backgrounds, and
vary in age. Red Cross volunteers help people in emergencies.
They translate for non-English speakers so that everyone
can receive Red Cross services, teach first aid classes
and organize blood drives. They connect members of the
armed forces stationed overseas with their families during
major family events. People like you make these vital
community services possible.
a Red Cross Blood Donor: Blood is needed in times
of an emergency, but the ongoing need is also great. Every
two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion.
These include people such as cancer patients and accident
victims. Your blood donation means so much to the individuals
who need it, and you can help make a lifesaving difference
by giving blood.
times of crisis and every day, each blood donation has the
potential to help save as many as three lives. Whole blood
has a shelf life of only 42 days, so it is important to
be a regular and frequent donor. It is important to have
an adequate blood supply available at all times. You can
support your community blood supply by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
or visiting www.givelife.org and making an appointment to
donate blood today! Click
here for more information.
what types of disasters
are likely to occur in your area.
Learn what disasters
or emergencies may occur where you live, work and play.
These events can vary from those affecting only you and
your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those
affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.
how local authorities will notify you during a disaster
and how you will get important information, whether through
local radio, TV, or National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) weather radio stations or channels.
what you can do to prepare for disasters by contacting your
local American Red Cross to ask about first
aid and CPR. Learning simple first aid techniques can
give you the skills and confidence to help when someone
in your home, your neighborhood or workplace is injured.
When a major disaster occurs, your community can change
in an instant. Loved ones can be hurt, and emergency response
can be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your
household is trained in first aid and CPR and in how to
use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Disaster
preparedness presentations can provide more specific
information on how to prepare for disasters in your community.
what you have learned with your family, household and neighbors
and encourage them to be informed as well.