Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Letter from Heart of Tennessee Executive Director, Mike Cowles - April 2016


Is spring really here?  It is hard to tell with our up and down weather patterns, but I am sure looking forward to warmer weather.  As we all know, this is the time of year when the trees and flowers are bursting with color, the birds are singing a little earlier in the morning, the days are getting longer, the kids are playing more outside, and, storms are more likely to appear.  Are you prepared?
My family is prepared. We have a Rubbermaid tote on standby with flashlights and fresh batteries, bottled water, a small amount of snacks, a first aid kit, sleeping bags, a propane camp stove and more.  No matter how prepared you are, I encourage each of you to take time this spring to put a kit together that will help you in case of emergency. 

Know where the safest place in your home is in case of a tornado. If you have children, show them where to go to before and after the storm.  Make sure you know where your pets are and educate you neighbors on being prepared.  Our kids feel safe knowing that if “Mom and Dad” are injured or trapped that they can go find a neighbor that can help.

One of the best things you can do for yourself and the community is to know your surroundings and to always be prepared for the unexpected.  Take some time this month and stop by our office and let us talk to you about the Red Cross and how you can be prepared.
Mike Cowles
Executive Director

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