Saturday, July 6, 2019 — The American Red Cross is on the ground in southern California, helping people impacted by the two earthquakes that shook the region Thursday and Friday. The first temblor occurred on the Fourth of July, followed by another yesterday. The epicenter for both was near Ridgecrest, California and felt as far away as Las Vegas.
Red Cross disaster workers have a shelter open in Ridgecrest where almost 130 people are staying. The Red Cross is providing comfort and care, including safe shelter, warm meals and emotional support. The Red Cross shelter will remain open as long as needed to assist families who need a safe place to stay, have a meal and shower and a shoulder to lean on.
If you are in the large area affected by these earthquakes, the Red Cross offers these safety steps you should follow:
During an earthquake, avoid moving around. Drop, cover and hold on.
If you are outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights. Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops.
After an earthquake, expect and prepare for potential aftershocks.
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different emergency alerts. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips. Download these apps for free by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.
BE READY FOR DISASTERS
These earthquakes serve as a reminder about how important it is to be prepared for disasters. All it takes is three easy steps:
GET A KIT. Your emergency kit should contain supplies for at least three days, including a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications and copies of important documents. Don’t forget to grab items, such as diapers, for young children, and any supplies for family members with special medical needs. See full details here.
MAKE A PLAN. Make sure to plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and what to do if you have to evacuate. Coordinate your plan with your child’s school, your work and your community’s emergency plans. Include your pets in your emergency plans. Remember, if you and your family need to evacuate, so does your pet. It’s important to plan in advance to know which pet-friendly hotels are in your area, and where your pets can stay in an emergency situation. Find full details and easy-to-use plan templates here.
BE INFORMED. Be informed about what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work and play, and how to respond as safely as possible. Find out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information. Take a first aid, CPR and AED course, so you’ll know what to do in case help is delayed. Learn how to get fully informed about emergencies here.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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