Monday, April 10, 2017

Letter from Heart of Tennessee Executive Director, Mike Cowles - April 2017


Is spring really here?  It’s hard to tell as the weather is warm one day and cold the next!  As we all know, this is the time of the year when the trees and flowers are putting on buds, the birds are singing a little earlier in the morning, the days are getting brighter, kids are on Spring Break and storms are more likely to appear.  Are you prepared?

I encourage you to put together a disaster kit with items like flashlights with fresh batteries, bottled water, a small amount of snacks, a first aid kit, sleeping bags, propane camp stove, utensils, etc.  No matter how prepared you are, there is always something we forget and 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 to be in your home is, and if you have children, show them where to go before and after the storm.  Make sure you know where your pets are and educate you neighbors on being prepared. I have made it a point to ensure my neighbors know who we are and vice-versa.  Our kids feel safe knowing that if “Mom and Dad” are injured or trapped that they can go find a neighbor than 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 all the opportunities to be one of us.

Finally…  A big thanks to all who attended our Heroes Breakfast last month. We had a record crowd of 355 guests who had a chance to honor John Hood who has given a lifetime of service to his community, state and family.  Dave Sanderson, who was a passenger on the flight that landed on the Hudson River, shared his miraculous experience and kept everyone attention.  The Heroes Event helps support those who need our help during their darkest hour.  Thank you for what you do!


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