September has been declared National Preparedness Month, and in the peak of hurricane season, Emergency Services want to make sure people know what to do in the event of a disaster.
Living along the coast, we know a hurricane can turn our lives upside down. The American Red Cross is on the front lines of disaster relief and offers important advice to get you prepared.
Victoria Kling of the Red Cross gave some helpful advice. “Get a kit…create a disasters supply kit for yourself. Make a plan. Make sure you engage everybody in the household in what that plan is. And then get informed… so get other information out there and get specific training if you need it, or become a disaster volunteer with the Red Cross yourself. And really be safe.”
Some supplies you need in an emergency include bottled water, one gallon per person, a battery powered or hand crank radio, a first aid kit and flashlights.
Make sure you have important documents on hand just in case, such as identification, will, and passport, just in case you have to leave in a hurry.
You also need an evacuation and communication plan for your family, because you may not always be together when disaster strikes.
Most importantly during a disaster you need to stay informed. For more information on being storm ready, visit the hurricane center on our website.