Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Letter from Mid-West Tennessee Executive Director, Debra Roberson - September 2015

September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters can strike at any time, and the most common disaster threat people face across the country is a home fire. The American Red Cross urges everyone to be ready for emergencies by creating a disaster plan for their household during Preparedness Month. Please review the steps below to assist you and your family in making your disaster plans.

It should contain a three-day supply of water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks of emergency supplies at home.

Everyone in the household should help put the emergency plan together and know what they should do if something occurs. Household members may not be together when a disaster happens. 

Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local media outlets for critical information about the storm and download the Red Cross Emergency App. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

Stay safe, you are important to us.  Thank you for being a Red Cross Volunteer.

Debra Roberson, Executive Director

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