Karla Esparza’s eyes lit up just a bit as Red Cross Community Recovery and Resiliency Specialist Mario Medrano pulled a hand-crank weather radio out of a preparedness kit. Something she said she needed last year.
“I think it’s very very helpful,” Karla Esparza told the Red Cross. “We have a flashlight but at the moment I was looking for it last year I couldn’t find it so I took some candles … and took with me. That’s why I told him I was very thankful to have the radio.”
Karla and her two young children rode out the Moore, Oklahoma F5 tornado in their storm shelter. While she was waiting for the storm to pass, her cellphone was losing power, her family was trying to reach her and her home was being destroyed.
The goal of the Red Cross preparedness kit is to have a dialogue about how to be ready and for Jesus Mandujano one of the main takeaways surrounded communications. “When he (the Red Cross Community Resiliency Specialist) said just communicate with one person out of state so he can call everyone,” Jesus said that was a great tip as was information about the Red Cross Safe and Well website. During disasters this website serves as a registry for loved ones to search for information about you.
The Red Cross preparedness kit will find a new home in Jesus’ storm shelter and now he and his family know more and are ready. “This helps a lot to have a plan, because we didn’t have a plan and now everything will be right there,” Jesus said. “We never think that’s going to happen but you never know. Like right now you learn from the mistakes.”