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American Red Cross Urges Everyone to Get Ready for Emergencies

Having an emergency plan is an important step so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something happens.

Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties encourages everyone to take the first step during National Preparedness Month and join America’s PrepareAthon, creating a disaster plan for their household that can help keep people safe in an emergency.

“Having an emergency plan is an important step so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something happens,” said Executive Director Todd James. “We believe people should mark National Preparedness Month by creating or updating their plan.”

The Red Cross is joining with coffee shops in Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties to present free programs for the communities, to show people how to Be Red Cross Ready before disasters happen. “We’ll show families how to put together an emergency kit, make a family emergency plan and how to be informed before, during and after disasters” says James. James says they are holding the programs at coffee shops, because they are places where people gather for conversation. “These coffee shops serve as meeting places for families, friends and business associates to share information in a comfortable atmosphere and this is important information for everyone to have.”

The free programs will be held; in Upper Sandusky at Becca House Coffee, 128 S. Sandusky Ave on Tuesday, September 23 at 5:00pm; in Findlay at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St. on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:00pm; in Tiffin at Bailiwicks Coffee Company, 62 S. Washington St. on Friday, September 26 at 5:00pm. At each program, families will receive a Red Cross bag with preparedness information, a free Red Cross first aid kit and a free smoke detector.

MAKE A PLAN Everyone in the household should help put the emergency plan together so they know what they should do if something occurs. Because everyone may not be together at home when a disaster happens, the plan should include ways to contact one another and two 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. The plan should also identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service.

RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross has developed mobile apps that provide information on what to do before, during and after emergencies, including a “Make a Plan” feature on how to develop an emergency plan. The free apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

For more information on how to prepare for all types of emergencies, people can visit or contact the American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties at (419) 422-9322 or

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, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @HancockRedCross.