PHILADELPHIA – While Southeastern Pennsylvania did not have major catastrophes like Sandy or Irene as in past years, 2013 still had its share of disasters. So the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) is urging everyone to remain vigilant and Resolve to be Red Cross Ready in 2014. Doing so could save your life, your family, and/or your home.
“We all hope a disaster never happens to us, but hoping is not a plan,” said American Red Cross SEPA Chief Executive Officer Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes. “So as you resolve to exercise more, visit family more, and/or save more, also resolve to prepare more.”
There are three basic actions to being Red Cross Ready. The actions are simple to follow and execute and each action is equally as important. They are:
1. Get a kit: Include a First Aid kit, blankets, extra clothing, prescription medications, glasses, infant formula, diapers, pet food, extra water for your pet, important family documents, identification, bank account records, cash, manual can opener, batteries, flashlight, duct tape, tools, hand sanitizer, activities for children, and enough food and water for at least three days. Pack everything in a waterproof, portable container, and check the expiration dates of food and prescriptions regularly.
2. Make a plan: Before an emergency happens, decide how your family members will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do. Determine a neighborhood meeting place, a regional meeting place, and an evacuation location. Also, identify an out-of-town emergency contact. In some cases, it may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town.
3. Be informed: Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area.
In addition to the three actions mentioned above, another great way to be Red Cross Ready in 2014 is to take a CPR or other lifesaving course. You can also download one of seven free American Red Cross apps designed to get you prepared for any emergency. To learn more, go to www.redcrossphilly.org.
About the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania:
The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross is not a government agency. All Red Cross assistance is free of charge. Financial contributions are always welcomed and needed and can be made by going to RedCrossPhilly.org.