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September is National Preparedness Month in Central Pennsylvania

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Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared is a family’s best defense.

September 1st starts National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania 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 each other.

All month long, American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania will be hosting events and trainings to help families develop their Disaster Plan, receive preparedness tips and learn more about preparedness in the community. These events will be done in conjunction with many of Red Cross Central Pennsylvania’s civic, business, and government partners including Karns Foods. You can see details about the Karn's food events here.

Other Ways to Get Ready

The Red Cross has several programs to help people, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared.

Be Red Cross Ready is an online tutorial that teaches people to be ready for emergencies.

Red Cross Ready Rating™ is a free, web-based membership program that measures how ready businesses, organizations and schools are to deal with emergencies and helps them improve their readiness level.

• The Ready When the Time Comes program trains employees from businesses so they can be used as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.

Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training courses provide participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed.

About the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania:

The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross is not a government agency. All Red Cross assistance is free of charge. Financial contributions are always welcomed and needed and can be made by going to