BATTLE CREEK, Mich., September 13, 2013 – Disasters can strike quickly and often without warning. During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross of Calhoun and Branch Counties encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster.
National Preparedness Month Open House
The Red Cross of Calhoun and Branch Counties will host a National Preparedness Month Open House on September 23 from 4-6 p.m. at Red Cross office on 14600 Beadle Lake Rd. in Battle Creek. There will be demonstrations on how to build a preparedness kit and how to develop a family disaster plan. Those attending will also have the opportunity to receive a preparedness backpack and refreshments.
MAKE A PLAN It is important that everyone in the household helps put the emergency plan together and knows what they should do if something occurs. Household members may not be together when a disaster happens – during the day many people are at work and school. The plan should include ways to contact one another and two predetermined places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home. People should also identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service.
Any emergency plan should also include decisions about where family members will go if ordered to evacuate and what route they will take to get there. It’s a good idea to include alternate routes in case roads are closed. If pets are part of the household, make sure to include plans for them such as pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters along the evacuation route.
RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross has free mobile apps that provide information on what to do before, during and after emergencies including developing an emergency plan. The apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
OTHER WAYS TO GET READY
For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, visit redcross.org/prepare.
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. 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.