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National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month
In an emergency, every second counts – that’s why it’s crucial to make plan.

This September, the American Red Cross celebrates National Preparedness Month. Each year, organizations that focus on emergency preparedness join together to create opportunities to support our communities in being better prepared. We want you to be prepared and are encouraging our communities to complete three simple steps: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

Recently, the Red Cross launched a new preparedness program that teaches children how to prepare an emergency kit. The program is called The Pillowcase Project. The American Red Cross partnered with The Walt Disney Company to provide an educational experience to third, fourth, and fifth graders in our communities through an interactive training designed to increase awareness and understanding of hazards, teach safety and emotional coping skills, as well as the importance of personal preparedness. Each student receives a pillowcase where they can draw items that are helpful to have when disasters strike. When the children go home, they can search for these items with their family and place them in the pillowcase to have ready for an emergency. The Western Wisconsin Region started this project in April 2014 and has provided The Pillowcase Project presentation to just over 1,000 students to date; on our way to our regional goal of reaching 3,000 students by March 2015!

In an emergency, every second counts – that’s why it’s crucial to make plan. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another. As a family, discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play. Plan what to do in case you are separated. Plan what to do in case you need to evacuate.

Lastly, it is important to be informed. The Red Cross has boldly stepped into the 21st Century to keep up with the increasing relevance of technology. Since 2012, The Red Cross has released mobile preparedness apps for iPhone and Android users with vital, lifesaving information on first aid, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and shelter locations. The ultimate goal is to provide people with the information they need to know what to do when every second counts. The list of Red Cross Mobile Apps continues to grow, for more information visit: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds everyone to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. The American Red Cross is here to make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be for potential disasters and other emergencies.Visit our website for more information on how to plan and prepare: http://www.redcross.org/prepare.