Posts Tagged ‘disasters’

Disasters Affect People Physically and Emotionally

October 11, 2009


Taking care of your emotional health is just as important as meeting other immediate emergency needs.

Each positive action you take can help you feel better and more in control.

  • This is especially true if you have experienced a previous disaster.
  • The good news is that many people have experience coping with stressful life events and are naturally resilient—meaning we are designed to bounce back from difficult times.
  • Here is some information on how to recognize your current feelings and tips for taking care of the emotional health of you, your family and your friends.
  • Click here to learn more about taking care of your emotional health when you have experienced a disaster.


    Prepare for Tornado Season

    March 25, 2009

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    Peak tornado season in southern states can occur March through May. Some people may recall the unexpected tornadoes that touched down in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area last year.

    How prepared are you this year?

    Make sure you Prepare a Home Tornado Plan.
    Take time to Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit.
    Ensure you have communication devices ready to use so you can Stay Tuned for Storm Warnings.
    Know what to do When a Tornado WATCH or WARNING is Issued.
    Learn about safety After the Tornado Passes.

    Click here to read more about how to be prepared in the case a tornado strikes your community.

    Click here to shop at our Online Store to better prepare you and your family.

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    How Ready Are You

    March 18, 2009

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    Disasters can strike at any place, any time. How will you respond?

    For a moment, think of these scenarios…

  • it’s in the middle of a cold winter night, your family is sound asleep, and suddenly there is a fire in your home…
  • it’s hurricane season and a tropical storm causes flash-flooding in your neighborhood…
  • it’s a hot summer afternoon and an unexpected tornado causes damage to your home…
  • Are you and your family prepared for the unexpected disaster that may strike in your community?


    Get a kit.  Have a bag with essentials (first aid, medicine, snacks, batteries for devices such as cell phones, pertinent information and documentation, etc.) ready for you to grab and go in the case of an emergency.

    Make a plan.  Have a way of being in touch with family members (and, if possible, where or how to meet), know alternate routes to travel and consider alternative means to travel around the area.

    Be informed.  Ensure there is access to a battery-powered or hand-cranked device to obtain current news and weather updates.

    It’s that simple.

    Download the Emergency Preparedness Shopping List for help in preparing.

    Shop at our Online Store to build your kit.

    It’s Flood Safety Awareness Week! Are you prepared? Click here to learn more.

    Don’t wait until tomorrow to get started. Disasters can strike at any moment. Today you can help your family prepare!

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    How You Can Help Save Lives

    March 5, 2009

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    Red Cross Month is a great opportunity for you to learn for the first time, or brush up on your training, about how to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters or other life-threatening emergencies that may affect your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and community members at any place, any time.


    • while camping in the woods, your best friend is bitten by a snake…
    • you’re at work, walk into a conference room and find a colleague unconscious…
    • your teenage daughter is babysitting the neighbor’s two year old son and he starts choking…
    • during a visit to a lake, you see someone drowning…
    • your neighbor is cleaning the gutter on their roof,  falls off the ladder and breaks their arm…
    • you’re taking your dog for a walk in the park and it becomes injured…

    Are you prepared to respond to similar disasters or other life-threatening emergencies?

    • If your answer is “yes”, that’s fantastic! Please encourage other people in your life to do the same. After all, it could be your life they might be saving!
    • If your answer is “no”, you certainly can be! We’re here to help you. Now is a great time to learn!

    Get educated, equipped and empowered to help save the lives of your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and community members today!

    • Register for our training classes by clicking on Get Trained and find the right course for you.
    • Register to take our online classes by clicking Online Training and get started now.

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