Eastern Oklahoma Red Cross Readies Neighborhoods for Disaster

Approximately 30 Eastern Oklahoma Red Cross staff members and volunteers in communities across

the Eastern Oklahoma 31-county region canvassed the neighborhoods where they live to deliver

life saving weather safety, fire prevention and preparedness plan information in a region-wide

event. Each participant delivered materials to at least 100 homes in their respective neighborhoods,

collectively reaching 3,000 Oklahoma families.

Deadly storms earlier this year proved again that disasters strike quickly, with little or no warning. Another potentially dangerous season is just around the corner: home heating season. The Red Cross typically experiences an increase in the number of home fire responses when temperatures dip and families begin using furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters.

“We always are encouraging the general public to be safe and to prepare themselves and their families for disasters,” said Regina Moon, CEO of the Eastern Oklahoma Region Red Cross. “We want to bring that message and that information to our own neighborhoods, to help our own neighbors prevent and prepare for emergencies. We have a responsibility to those around us to share the information and tools we know will help them prevent or get through a disaster.”

Research conducted by the national American Red Cross found that while 89 percent of those surveyed believe preparedness is important, far fewer have actually done something about it. Twenty percent of those surveyed said they have done nothing to prepare for an emergency and aren’t sure how to get started.

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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.