PHOENIX (Sept. 3, 2013) – 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 the best defense,” said Natasha Holstein, the Grand Canyon Chapter’s Community Preparedness & Resilience Manager. “No one can predict where or when disasters will strike, but preparedness steps taken today can save lives tomorrow.”
Events across Arizona with Red Cross participation for National Preparedness Month:
Red Cross services that enable people, businesses, schools and communities to be prepared:
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.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.