HOUSTON, TEXAS, September 7, 2018 — September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to get your household ready for an emergency. The American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast urges everyone to make sure they are prepared for a disaster and not wait until an emergency occurs.
“A disaster can strike at any time without warning,” said Henry Van de Putte, Regional Chief Executive for the American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast. “Having a preparedness kit in place, and knowing what to do in an emergency can make all the difference.”
BE READY TO EVACUATE Whether the emergency is a home fire or something bigger like a hurricane, the situation may force you to leave your home. There are ten steps you can take now to be prepared if the emergency makes it unsafe to remain at home:
1. Follow the instructions of officials and evacuate if told to do so.
2. Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
3. Remember you may have to get out on foot depending on the type of disaster. If you don’t have a car, or can’t use your vehicle, plan on how you will leave the area.
4. If you have a car, keep the gas tank full if an evacuation order is possible. Don’t let the tank go below half full in case gas stations are unable to pump gas.
5. Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. This could be a motel, the home of a friend or relative a safe distance away, or an evacuation shelter. Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to find shelter information and weather and emergency alerts for more than 35 different situations.
6. If you have time, let someone out of the region know you are evacuating and where you are going. Leave a note saying when you left and where you plan to go.