September is The Month You Need to Prepare for Disasters
Are you prepared for a natural disaster? Could you survive without power for days? The American Red Cross Northwest Region urges everyone to get ready by making preparedness a priority this September during National Preparedness Month.
WASHINGTON HAS PLENTY OF NATURAL DISASTERS
Washington State is no stranger to natural disasters from earthquakes to volcanoes we’ve seen disasters first hand. The large and growing Schneider Springs Fire is a perfect example of a natural disaster that’s driven many from their homes.
“Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime. We urge people to prepare now and be ready if an emergency occurs in their home or in our local community,” said Red Cross Northwest Region CEO Alex Dieffenbach. “Helping people during disasters is at the heart of our mission and climate change is a serious threat we are all facing. Help keep your loved ones safe - get Red Cross Ready today.”
THE RED CROSS SAYS GET THAT EMERGENCY KIT TOGETHER TODAY
Red Cross officials say first, "build your emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for infants or pets, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information. Next, 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. Don’t forget to include your pets. Remember, if you and your family need to evacuate, so does your pet. Know in advance which pet-friendly hotels are in your area, and where your pets can stay in an emergency situation."
RED CROSS SAYS TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT PREPARING FOR DISASTERS
Finally, plan to stay informed by finding out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information, such as evacuation orders.
Red Cross officials add that disasters can be scary for children. They say it’s vital that you talk with your kids about preparing for emergencies.
The Red Cross has free programs and tools to help, visit redcross.org/youthprep for more information.