Posts Tagged ‘disaster relief’

Being Prepared Can Help Your Community

September 29, 2009

Be Red Cross Ready

When disasters strike our community, the Red Cross, along with first responders and public safety agencies, urgently respond to assist those affected. Knowing that help is readily available and can be counted upon is not only comforting but reassuring.

Depending on where you live will typically indicate what types of nature-caused disasters may occur in your community. On the other hand, regardless of where you live, human-caused disasters can occur any place, any time.

So how does preparing your family help your community?

First responders and public safety agencies are hard at work providing emergency care when a disaster strikes. However preparing your family as best as possible will empower you to care for each other in the midst of a disaster especially if you are waiting for help to arrive.

The American Red Cross assists with disaster relief but also urges families to better prepare.


  • Making an emergency kit for each member of your family can quickly provide for essential needs. Among many items, consider including a copy of identification; emergency contact phone list (relatives, friends, doctors, hospitals, etc.); cash; appropriate season clothes and shoes; over the counter and daily administered medicine; first aid kit; prescription glasses; hearing aids; snacks and water; hand-crank radios with a flashlight, radio and cell phone charging option. Keep these items in a bag you could grab in the middle the night if there is a house fire or have a bag ready to go in your vehicle if you work outside the home or travel in your area frequently.
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  • Making a plan to decide how you and your family will evacuate your home if a house fire occurs or you receive a warning of dangerous weather approaching your area. Consider how you will connect with loved ones if something should happen during a week day when everyone is at work or school, or on a weekend when everyone is at separate events and activities.
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  • Being informed of what is happening is helpful. Having a radio on hand can communicate information about weather changes, public safety announcements and other pertinent news updates that can help you and your family determine the next step to take in the midst of a disaster. Also consider signing up for free alerts that can be sent to you via email and/or cell phone within your region (in the National Capital Region visit Capitalert at

Fully trained first responders and public safety agencies work daily to assist our community in the event disasters strike. The Red Cross also works as diligently to help prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters impacting our community as well. Visit for ways to get prepared and how to get trained in CPR/AED and First Aid training.


2009 World Red Cross Day Event Friday May 8th

May 6, 2009


The American Red Cross chapters in the Washington, DC Region have partnered in planning this significant celebration. It’s a time to recognize the Red Cross’ efforts in disaster relief services and life-saving education and training for people around the world.

Presentations feature Linda Mathes, CEO of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the American Red Cross Holocaust & War Victims Tracing Center, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees and the Peace Corps.


Friday, May 8th

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

National Headquarters of the
American Red Cross
Board of Governors Hall
430 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(Closest Metro stop is Farragut West)

Reservations are required for entry. RSVP by Wednesday, May 6th. To RSVP, contact Norma Gamero at or 240-485-3053.

This event is open to the public. There will be live entertainment. Refreshments will be served.

Additional volunteers are still needed for this event. These are the areas of need: Event Preparation; Exhibit Booths; Building Escorts; Refreshments; or Event Clean-up.

If you are interested and available to help, contact Norma Gamero at or 240-485-3053.