September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross is encouraging people everywhere to take actions now that will help keep them safe in an emergency.
"There are lots of very simple things that people can do now to make sure they are ready if a disaster should strike," said Kimmy Venter, spokesperson for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. "We hope that people will use the many Red Cross resources available during National Preparedness Month to learn how they can be better prepared and help make their communities safer and more resilient."
Across the Northeastern New York Region, the Red Cross has a wide variety of activities planned to help people get prepared throughout the month:
CITIZEN PREPAREDNESS CORPS TRAINING
In partnership with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Red Cross will lead several public Citizen Preparedness Corps training sessions in September. The Citizen Preparedness Corps training program provides a comprehensive overview of how to prepare for both natural and man-made disasters, as well as how to respond to and recover from them. During National Preparedness Month, training will be offered at the following locations:
September 16 at 6:00 P.M. - Saugerties Public Library, Saugerties, NY
September 25 at 10:30 A.M. - Guilderland Town Hall, Guilderland, NY
September 27 at 10:30 A.M. - Waterford Public Library, Waterford, NY
These training sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Free training can also be scheduled for private groups. To find or schedule a presentation, or to request more information, please call the Red Cross at (518) 458-8111.
BE AWARE. BE PREPARED. BE RED CROSS READY.
For National Preparedness Month 2014, Price Chopper, Clear Channel Communities, NewsChannel 13 and My4 have come together to help the Red Cross prepare communities through a special, month-long campaign. Throughout September, viewers, listeners and shoppers alike will have access to a vast array of information designed to help them become "Red Cross Ready" for emergencies. In turn, Price Chopper customers can help their local Red Cross Chapters prepare for disasters by making donations at checkout, and Price Chopper will match all donations made from September 1-30, up to $10,000!
SMOKE ALARM & BATTERY DRIVE
The most common disaster threat people face across the country is a fire in their home. In the Northeastern New York Region, the Red Cross responds to a home or apartment fire almost every day of the year. Fires often result in significant losses, and in many cases, they can cause injury and even death. In an effort to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S., the Red Cross will soon be launching a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. To get ready to launch this campaign in the Northeastern New York Region, the Red Cross will be collecting donated smoke alarms and smoke alarm batteries as a part of its National Preparedness Month activities.
Donations of new smoke alarms and/or smoke alarm batteries can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. throughout the month of September at the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205.
For the Red Cross, an important part of preparing for emergencies is ensuring that there are a sufficient number of trained volunteers ready to respond to disasters on a moment's notice. Currently, the Red Cross needs more people to join its Disaster Action Team (DAT) and serve as on-call disaster responders in their own communities. DAT members provide support to victims of local disasters such as residential fires and are also trained to open shelters and provide canteen services during large-scale disaster events. To learn more, and to get started as a Red Cross volunteer, click here or call (518) 458-8111 today.
Throughout National Preparedness Month, turn to the Red Cross for much more information about emergency preparedness - including preparedness checklists, disaster-specific tips, and details about Red Cross Mobile Apps - and act now to prepare yourself and your family for disasters.