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Red Cross Kicks Off Preparedness Month at Science Museum Oklahoma

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September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to take the first step in creating a disaster plan for their household that can help keep them safe in an emergency.

To kick off the month, the Red Cross joined Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, the National Weather Service Norman Office and News 9 for Disaster Response Day at the museum. During the four hour event, more than 1,000 adults and children met with Red Cross volunteers to talk about preparedness.

The Red Cross set up a number of booths throughout the museum focusing on key areas of preparedness such as building a kit, having a plan and how to stay informed. Another popular booth was the mobile apps booth. Visitors were given great information on how these apps can give information how to prepare, respond and begin recovery.

For the kids, the Red Cross provided 120 pillowcases as part of the Pillowcase Preparedness Project. Kids are given a pillow case with some items like a glow stick, first aid kit and a small toy to help start their very own preparedness kit they can keep in their room.

Preparedness Month may only be 30 days long, however, being prepared is something families need to keep in mind year round. For preparedness tips, visit