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American Red Cross Urges Everyone to Plan for Emergencies during National Preparedness Month

Emergency Game Plan

PHOENIX (Sept. 6, 2012) – It’s National Preparedness Month in September, and the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is encouraging all Arizona households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they’re ready for the next disaster or emergency that might hit without notice.

Plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in the event of a sudden emergency, such as a fire or a flood; an out-of-area emergency contact person; and a location where everyone should meet if they’re unable to return home. All members of the household should work together on the emergency plan, and each person should know how to reach other family members.

“Disasters can strike at any time, and being prepared is a family’s best defense,” said Dan Curtiss, the Emergency Services Director for the Grand Canyon Chapter. “Making a plan is an important step in making sure all household members know what to do in an emergency. … No one can predict where or when disasters will strike, but preparedness steps taken today can save lives tomorrow.”

The Grand Canyon Chapter, in partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, will hold an emergency preparedness fair from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Fiesta Mall in Mesa. It will stage four disaster preparedness education seminars this month in Glendale – at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Velma Teage Branch Library; at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Glendale Adult Center; and at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Glendale Police Department. It also has scheduled a virtual event for Sept. 23, in which families can form disaster plans at www.redcross.org/prepare/nationalpreparednessmonth. Plus, the Grand Canyon Chapter needs the public’s help to win the Emergency Kit Cook-Off by submitting recipes through Sept. 30 at www.emergencykitcookoff.blogspot.com.

Red Cross services that enable people, businesses, schools and communities to be prepared:

  • Be Red Cross Ready is an online tutorial that teaches people to become prepared for emergencies.
  • Red Cross Ready Rating is a free, web-based program that measures how prepared businesses, organizations and schools are to deal with disasters and helps them improve their readiness level.
  • The Ready When the Time Comes program operated by the Red Cross trains employees from businesses, so they may be utilized in a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.
  • Red Cross first aid and CPR/AED training gives individuals the knowledge and skills to immediately respond to emergencies in case assistance from advanced medical personnel is delayed.
  • About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.