It’s National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging all households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they are ready for the next emergency or disaster.
Plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, an out-of-area emergency contact person and a location where everyone should meet if they can't go 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 Tammie Pech, Communications Officer. “Making a plan is an important step in making sure all household members know what to do in an emergency.”
Red Cross tools make it easier for people to make or update plans. The American Red Cross First Aid App for iPhone or Android smart phones helps people create a plan, share it with household members and over social networks. In addition, a template is available to build a plan is available on the Red Cross web site at redcross.org.
EVENTS IN IOWA:
- Ames at 400 South Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010
- Ankeny at 1690 Southeast Delaware Avenue #117 Ankeny, IA 50021
- Des Moines at 4345 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, IA 50310
- West Des Moines at 6925 Mills Civic Pkwy #115 West Des Moines, IA 50266
- Sioux City at 5001 Sergeant Road #355 Sioux City, IA 51106
During the month of September Red Cross representatives are attending several safety and health fairs to ask attendees to develop their Family Disaster Plan, receive preparedness tips and learn more about preparedness in the community including the Clay County Fair in Spencer, John Deere Health Fair in Waterloo, Kmart Safety Day in Ames and Algona, and canvassing neighborhoods in Sioux City and Fort Dodge.
“Everyone must be prepared to take care of themselves and their neighbors in an emergency,” Pech said. “No one can predict where or when disasters will strike, but preparedness steps taken today can save lives tomorrow.”
Other Ways to Get Ready
The Red Cross has several programs to help people, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org