September is National Preparedness Month! We, AmeriCorps members, want you to take action this month to be Red Cross Ready. We will be doing a three part video blog: “Get a Kit”, “Make a Plan”, and “Be Informed”. Make sure you stay tuned as we release videos with our friend Andy!
Just like in elementary school, we want you to remember the important 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why) of “Get a Kit”. In today’s video episode, we talk with Andy about what he should have in his kits:
Who needs a kit? In the video, Andy wants to do a better job of being prepared and wants EVERYONE else to know to do the same. *This is a great activity to do as a family.
What should be in your kit?
Home/Work: A three-day supply of nonperishable food, manual can opener, three day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day, portable & battery operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, first aid kit and manual, personal supplies, prescriptions, extra set of clothes, blanket, cash and coins, photocopies of identification and important documents, tools
Car: A shovel, blanket, jumper cables, road reflectors, tow rope, flashlight, first aid kit
A complete list of items that should be included in a disaster supplies kit can be found clicking here.
When should you make a kit? Now. You may find you have all the items needed for a kit in your home, take the time now to put your kit together.
Where should you keep a kit? Home, Car, and Work (your third most common location). Your kit for home should be kept in the most accessible location, during a disaster. If you live in a two story house, you may want to have two kits (one for upstairs and one for down).
Why should you make a kit? Emergencies happen everyday. Take action this National Preparedness Month to do more than just cross your fingers to be prepared.