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Tuesday, September 11 2012
As Hurricane Isaac relief efforts continue, American Red Cross chapters nationwide are uniting to help every family create a disaster plan.

 

Whether it’s a hurricane, earthquake or house fire that threatens, families need a disaster plan first to make sure they are ready when emergencies happen. “Just like no coach would bring a team onto a field without a game plan, every family needs their own game plan for emergencies,” said Russ Paulsen, executive director of Community Preparedness and Resilience at the Red Cross. “When disaster strikes, it’s too late.”

 

Disaster plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, a location where everyone should meet if they can't go home and an out-of-area contact who can help connect separated family members. All members of the household should work together on the emergency plan and each person should know how to reach other family members.

 

The Red Cross has tools to make it easier for people to make or update their plan. The American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone and Android smart phones helps people create a plan and share it with household members and over social networks. In addition, a template to build a plan is available at redcross.org/npm.

 

“Being prepared is a family’s best defense,” said Richard Bissell, Ph.D., chair of American Red Cross Preparedness Sub-Council and member of its Scientific Advisory Council. “Having a plan is vital to making sure all household members know what to do in an emergency.”

 

OTHER WAYS TO GET READY

The Red Cross has several programs to help people, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared.

  • Be Red Cross Ready is a web-based, interactive tutorial that teaches people how to be ready for emergencies.
  • Red Cross Ready Rating™ is a free, web-based membership program that measures how ready businesses, organizations and schools are to deal with emergencies and helps them improve their readiness level.
  • The Ready When the Time Comes program trains employees from businesses so they can be used as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.
  • Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training courses provide participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed.
  • People can visit redcross.org for information on what to do before, during and after emergencies and disasters.

     

    “We can’t control Mother Nature,” said Paulsen, “but we can control what we do. And having a plan can make all the difference.”

    Source: http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Red-Cross-Urges-Everyone-to-Make-a-Plan-for-Preparedness-Month

  • Posted by: Rolando Trentini AT 02:16 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Friday, June 15 2012

    A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

    • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
    • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Manual can opener for food
    • Local maps
    • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

     

    Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

    • Prescription medications and glasses
    • Infant formula and diapers
    • Pet food and extra water for your pet
    • Cash or traveler's checks and change
    • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) (PDF - 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
    • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
    • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
    • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
    • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container
    • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
    • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
    • Paper and pencil
    • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

    Source: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit

    Posted by: Rolando Trentini AT 08:00 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Monday, December 12 2011

    Snow and Ice.

    They are harmless words but when pertaining to driving- they can be very dangerous.

    "No one wants to be stranded in the cold because of an accident or a vehicle breakdown. Properly preparing your vehicle for winter driving is essential for the safety of all passengers and will greatly decrease the chances of your vehicle breaking down", states New Lenox Fire Chief Jon Mead.

    Chief Mead recommends all drivers to prepare themselves with a winter emergency preparedness kit in case of a vehicle breakdown. The kit should include some of the following:
    - A flashlight with extra batteries
    - Jumper cables
    - Flares and/or a reflective triangle
    - First Aid Supplies
    - A simple tool kit
    - A fully charged cell phone and/or a cell phone charger
    - Candles
    - Matches and/or a lighter
    - Blanket
    - Kitty litter, salt, or sand
    - Ice scrappper with a brush
    - Gloves
    - Antifreeze
    - Extra warm clothing
    - Drinking water
    - Snacks
    - Make sure your car jack and lug wrench are in your car and working properly.

    Before the weather of Old Man Winter arrives, make sure your car is properly serviced and maintained.

    Posted by: Rolando Trentini AT 08:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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