Posts Tagged ‘plan’

Turning Back Time and Preparing for the Future

October 30, 2009

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This weekend it’s time to “fall back” by turning our clocks back an hour. After you change the clock, take a moment to check on a few other important things that can also affect you and your family. 

“When you turn your clocks back one hour, take the time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and make sure the alarms work by pushing the test button,” said Scott Conner, Red Cross senior vice president, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. “Replace the batteries at least once a year and check your carbon monoxide detectors, too.”

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Other steps you can take to get prepared include:

  • Updating the emergency contact information in your family communications plan. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact that each person in your family can call if he/she becomes separated during a disaster situation.
  • Making sure your emergency preparedness kit still includes at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food items and water (one gallon per person per day), a flashlight, a battery-powered or crank radio, can opener, first aid kit, copies of important documents, and special items such as medications, diapers, and infant formula.
  • Checking your emergency preparedness kit for expired food items; refresh staples such as water, food and batteries. If there have been changes in prescriptions or dietary needs, add new foods and medications as needed.


Taking simple actions like these can help you and your family be better prepared for a disaster or emergency situation. They can come in the form of a home fire, flu or H1N1 (Swine) flu, snow/ice storm, heart attack or power outage among many others.

So, when you turn back the clock this weekend, take a few extra minutes to ensure that you and your family are better prepared for the unexpected.

Click here to learn other ways to be prepared!


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.

April Showers

April 1, 2009

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“April showers bring May flowers”…or possibly floods.

Thousands of North Dakota and Minnesota residents are currently displaced due to this past week’s major inclement weather causing devasting floods. American Red Cross is on-the-scene with volunteers working in shelters, serving meals and traveling in Emergency Response Vehicles to help with mobile feeding. (Click here to read more.)

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area urges residents in our community to become prepared. Floods can occur in peak rain seasons, but also, the weather forecast can suddenly change and floods can happen unexpectedly.

How prepared are you?

Learn how your family can form a Family Disaster Plan.
Learn how you can make an Evacuation Plan.
Read more about floods.


1. Get a Kit.
2. Make a Plan.
3. Be Informed.

It’s that simple.

Click here to shop at our Online Store for disaster kits.

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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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