Friday, September 28, 2012

Moms, Time for Another Plan: Your Families’ Disaster Plan

Written by Catherine Carlton, volunteer contributor
As a mom, I’m always thinking ahead and asking myself: “What do I need for the next outing, the next stay of school, the next doctor’s appointment?”
 It’s a day-by-day approach to organizing the chaos that is life with two kiddos.
What I haven’t been thinking through—that I should be and you should be too – is what our family will do in the next disaster or emergency.
Thankfully, the Red Cross is ready to help us. The Red Cross has a three-step plan: Get a kit; make a plan; be informed.
Because, like toddlers, disasters and other emergencies are unpredictable, and having this plan in place can make a difference.
Get a kit:
Contact your local Red Cross to get a kit, or gather the supplies and build one as a family using the video below as your guide.

Make a plan:
Please make special arrangements for children, seniors, people with disabilities and, of course, your pets.
Part of your plan should be to have one member of the household trained in first aid and CPR/AED.
Be informed:
Know what emergencies or disasters are more likely to occur in your community.
Want to learn more? Visit to get even more information on preparing your family for disaster as part of National Preparedness Month.

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