by Savannah Robinson, American Red Cross Field Office Coordinator

 

VILSECK, Germany — September is National Preparedness Month. It’s the perfect time for people to get their household ready in case an emergency should occur. The American Red Cross prepares all year for disasters and urges everyone to Be Red Cross Ready too.

 

“Disasters can happen anywhere, at any time, even in your home,” said Chelsea White, American Red Cross Regional Program Manager. “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,” she added.


 

The Red Cross urges everyone to take three important action steps to get prepared:

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 should be right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. The other one should be outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.

 

  1. Be informed — Know what kinds of emergency situations may occur where you live, where you work and where you go to school. Get trained in First Aid and CPR/AED so you’ll know what to do in an emergency if help is delayed. Don’t forget your pets — plan for them too.

 

To help our community be “Red Cross Ready” throughout the year, we will be hosting a Community Preparedness Day in partnership with the Garrison Emergency Management team and community partners. This day will bring together information and resources you would need to be prepared. There will be a full day of activities on Sept. 24 at the Tower Barracks Exchange Bazaar Tent, ranging from a discounted CPR class, giveaways, and our youth preparedness classes: Prepare with Pedro and Pillowcase Project. Community members will have the opportunity to receive items for a mini emergency kit. Participants can also learn about resources from local agencies such as Army Community Service, the Veterinary Treatment Facility and Automobile Association ADAC. Information will also be provided on how to purchase emergency supplies from The Exchange and Commissary.

 

For more information on the event, email grafenwoehr@redcross.org or visit them on Facebook.

 

Download Red Cross Apps

 

The Red Cross Emergency App has more than 35 customizable severe weather and emergency alerts. Content on what to do before, during and after emergencies can be viewed in English or Spanish. Parents can download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App so 7- to 11-year-olds will have a fun, gaming environment to learn how to prevent emergencies and what to do if one occurs. Apps can be downloaded for free by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in app stores or visiting redcross.org/apps.