September is National Preparedness Month, and there is no better time to fine-tune your emergency preparedness plan than now. There are a few simple steps to take in order to be better prepared for disaster.
The first step is to get an emergency preparedness kit. This kit should have a 3 day supply of food and water for every member of the family (don’t forget pets!), flashlights, a radio, blanket, first-aid kit, etc. Full preparedness kits and a list of other suggested items can be found on the Red Cross website at http://www.redcrossstore.org/category/id/1.
Next, make a plan. Plan a route to safety and make sure everyone in the household knows it. Once you have a plan, make a second plan. Often times, routes are blocked during disasters. Commit these routes to memory in case mobile data service is not accessible in the area.
Finally, be informed. Listen to local weather reports and emergency warnings. The Red Cross has a great bunch of mobile apps that are free and do not require data service. They can be found here: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps. The newest app is called Emergency App which. It is the most customizable and informative of the bunch. It is an ‘all-inclusive’ app that feeds users real-time information.
More information can be found in the Red Cross Disaster Safety Library at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library. During the month of September, take the time to get prepared for disaster. Do this in September so you don’t have to spend the rest of the year worrying if you are adequately prepared or not.
The Red Cross also firmly believes a wingless chicken should NOT be a part of any kind of disaster kit.