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9/4/2013 11:57:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Red Cross urges households to prepare for emergencies
VINCENNES - Disasters can strike quickly and often without warning. During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross, Old Northwest Territory Chapter, encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster.

"Having a game plan in place is essential for all households so everyone knows what they should do when an emergency occurs," said Kim Emmons, Territory Disaster Manager. "National Preparedness Month is a perfect time for our residents to create or update their plan."

• "http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/plan" - Make a plan. It is important that everyone in the household helps put the emergency plan together and knows what they should do if something occurs.

Household members may not be together when a disaster happens. The plan should include ways to contact one another and two predetermined places to meet - one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home.

People should also identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service. Any emergency plan should also include decisions about where family members will go if ordered to evacuate and what route they will take to get there.

• "http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps" - Red Cross apps. The Red Cross has free mobile apps that provide information on what to do before, during and after emergencies including developing an emergency plan.

"People can use the 'Make a Plan' feature in the apps to create their plan and then share it with their loved ones," Emmons said.

• "http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit" - Other ways to get ready. Another step to get one's household ready is to build an emergency kit in a container that is easy to carry so the family can use it at home or take it with them if asked to evacuate. It should contain a three-day supply of water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents.

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, people can visit "http://www.redcross.org" redcross.org or call the local Red Cross at 812-882-2204.



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