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Emergency Prep
updated: Sep 14, 2012, 10:56 AM

Source: Red Cross

As Hurricane Issac relief efforts continue in the Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross is encouraging all households to create a family disaster game plan. While hurricanes are less likely to occur on the west coast, it is not a surprise that Californians are at risk to a variety of disasters. From earthquakes to wildfires, families need a game plan so that they are ready in an emergency.

"Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared is a family's best defense," said Julie McGovern, executive director, American Red Cross Santa Barbara County. "Making a plan is an important step in making sure all household members know what to do in an emergency."

Game plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, an out-of-area emergency contact person and a location where everyone should meet if they can't go home. All members of the household should work together on the emergency plan and each person should know how to reach other family members.

Red Cross tools make it easier for people to make or update plans. The American Red Cross First Aid App for iPhone or Android smart phones helps people create as simple plan, share it with household members and over social networks. In addition, a template to build a plan is available at redcross.org/npm.

Join the Red Cross at the following events to make a family disaster game plan, receive preparedness tips and learn more about preparedness in your community:

· Saturday, September 15 - Emergency Preparedness Fair and Workshop from 10 am - 2 pm at Goleta Community Center, 5679 Hollister Avenue Goleta, 93117

· Saturday, September 22 - Community Preparedness Fair from 10 am - 1 pm at the Casitas Plaza Shopping Center, Carpinteria Avenue at Casitas Pass Rd

Other Ways to Get Ready

The Red Cross has several programs to help people, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared.

· Be Red Cross Ready is an online tutorial that teaches people to be ready for emergencies.

· Red Cross Ready Rating™ is a free, web-based membership program that measures how ready businesses, organizations and schools are to deal with emergencies and helps them improve their readiness level.

· Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training courses provide participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed.

· People can visit redcross.org for information on what to do before, during and after emergencies and disasters.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org

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 COMMENT 319925 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-14 12:15 PM

This is a great resource for the community! In addition to what's being provided I recommend folks also think about the fiscal end of an emergency. Be sure to set up an "emergency fund" that you put money in with every paycheck. You'll feel SO MUCH BETTER using these funds when the need arises than if you were to pull from a regular checking account.


 COMMENT 319963 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-14 01:00 PM

Not to be confused with National Procrastinators Month.


 COMMENT 320133P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-09-14 05:19 PM

Having an emergency stash of cash is recommended; trouble with me is that I forget where it's hidden.


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