American Red Cross encourages disaster preparedness

Northwest Ohio Red Cross encourages disaster preparedness, tornado damage
Preloaded content gives people access to vital information to use during emergencies, even without an internet connection.

The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio encourages people to be equipped with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to respond in the event of a disaster or emergency.

The recent Midwest Tornadoes swept devastation across hundreds of homes in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The Northwest Ohio Region of the Red Cross provided shelter, food, and comfort to 80 people who were displaced. Red Cross staff and volunteers provided more than 700 meals, opened two overnight shelters in the towns of Cloverdale and Perrysburg, and connected 150 people with mental health support services. Working closely with dozens of community partners and government agencies, the Red Cross will continue to provide relief and support long tern recovery efforts.

The Red Cross is asking people to be prepared for local emergencies and disasters like the recent storms by following these simple steps:

BUILD A DISASTER KIT: Supplies should be kept in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that can be used at home or taken along during an evacuation. Minimally, it should include: a three-day supply of water, nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, mobile phone with charger, family and emergency contact information, extra cash, emergency blanket, and map(s) of the area. People can learn more about creating a kit at redcross.org/prepare.

MAKE A PLAN: Everyone in the household should put an emergency plan together and know what to do if something occurs. The plan should include ways to contact one another and two predetermined places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home due to damage or evacuations. People should also identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service.

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS: The Red Cross has free mobile apps that provide information on what to do before, during and after emergencies. Preloaded content gives people access to vital information to use during emergencies, even without an internet connection. The First Aid, Team Red Cross, and Tornado apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.