National Preparedness Month is a good time to get ready for emergencies and the American Red Cross asks everyone to make their disaster plans now to ensure their household is ready when emergencies happen.
The overall theme of National Preparedness Month this year is “Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.” The campaign also features a weekly disaster focus and the spotlight this week is on hurricanes.
HURRICANE SAFETY You’ve packed your kit and weather experts are saying a hurricane is coming. What should you do?
Those who may be affected should check their disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. Emergency preparedness kits should include enough supplies for at least three days in case someone has to evacuate. 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 should go in every kit. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY The all-inclusive Emergency app combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe, including information about what to do in case of floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.