National Preparedness Month

Emergency Game Plan
"Who has the Game Plan in your Family? Customize and share your family's "game plan" to stay safe every day and quickly return to normal after disaster strikes."

SAN FRANCISCO (August 30) — September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging people to make sure they are ready for the next emergency or disaster.

The Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Area chapters have local experts available for media interviews, to discuss the best ways for residents and companies to prepare, including tips for making a disaster kit, getting an evacuation plan and being informed about disasters that could occur in their neighborhoods.

Several online tools are also available to give families, businesses, and organizations the resources they need to get ready for the next big disaster:

Preparedness apps for Android and iPhonegive instant access to information on what to do before, during and after an emergency with preparedness information developed by trusted Red Cross experts.

  • Hurricane App
  • First Aid App
  • Other Preparedness Mobile apps are coming
  • Family Disaster Plan Template and Instructions: For those who are not able to or choose not to utilize our new mobile preparedness apps, a digital version of a basic family disaster plan template and instructions are available for download.

    Be Red Cross Ready is an online tutorial that teaches people to be ready for emergencies.

    Red Cross Ready Rating™ is a free, web-based membership program that measures how ready businesses, organizations, and schools are to deal with emergencies and helps them improve their readiness level.

    The Ready When the Time Comes program trains groups of employees to be community-based volunteers when a disaster strikes.

    Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training courses provide participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. has more information about what to do before, during and after emergencies and disasters including preparedness Tear Sheets provide multiple checklists of Disaster Safety information about what to do before, during and after specific emergencies and are available to download.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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

    Media Contact

  • Cynthia Shaw
  • (408) 666-6857
  • 24-hour media hotline

  • (415) 427-8800