VIDEO: National Preparedness Month – “Get A Kit!”

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.


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