Red Cross Encourages Families to Prepare For Severe Weather

Red Cross Encourages Families to Prepare For Severe Weather
If a disaster does strike, the Red Cross will be there to provide help and relief.

With potentially strong storms in the forecast for central Illinois, the American Red Cross is urging everyone to prepare now and know what actions you should take if severe weather threatens your community.

Prepare Your Family: It is important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies that can strike suddenly, at any time, anywhere. Being prepared begins long before severe weather threatens. The Red Cross urges everyone to take three important steps to get prepared:

  • Get a kit. Build an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you have to evacuate. Include items such as water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, first aid kit, and medications.
  • Make a plan. Talk with members of your household about what to do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case everyone is separated, and choose two places to meet—one right outside the home, in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire, and another outside the neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate
  • Be informed. Know what kinds of emergency situations may occur where you live, where you work, and where you go to school. Get trained in First Aid and CPR/AED so you’ll know what to do in an emergency if help is delayed.
  • Equip Your Phone: Another step people can take is to download the free Red Cross Apps for mobile devices (iPhones, iPads and Android smart phones and tablets) and have real-time safety information at their fingertips for emergencies like tornadoes. The Tornado App gives users instant access to information on what to do before, during and after tornadoes. Users receive real-time NOAA tornado watch and warning alerts – whether it’s in the community where they live or places where their loved ones live. The apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

    Prepare Your Business: Ready Rating™ is a free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete a self assessment of their current readiness level and receive immediate, customized feedback with resources to improve their scores.

    If a disaster does strike, the Red Cross will be there to provide help and relief. Every day, we empower people to prepare for life’s emergencies.