September is National Preparedness Month and officials with the Red Cross have advised it is the perfect time to get your household ready in case of an emergency situation.
“Disasters can happen anywhere, at any time, even in your home,” said Alan H. Turner II, American Red Cross, Western and Central New York Regional CEO. “During National Preparedness Month, we ask you to take three action steps – get an emergency kit, make an emergency plan and be informed – so you and your loved ones can react quickly if an emergency occurs.”
The Red Cross urges everyone to take three important action steps to get prepared:
- Build a kit: Build an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you if you must evacuate. Include items such as water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, first aid kit and medications
- Make a plan: Talk with members of your household about what to do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case everyone is separated and choose two places to meet—one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire, and another outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.
- Be informed: Know what kinds of emergency situations may occur where you live, where you work, and where you go to school.