Be prepared for emergencies!

written by Rafael Pacheco, volunteer contributor, American Red Cross North Texas
translated by Adriana Arbelaez, volunteer contributor, American Red Cross North Texas

Do you know what to do in case of an emergency? What would you do if a Tornado, flooding, or even a fire occured? Even though they ARE all different types of emergencies, being prepared is the common key! 

Many people have seen on television or heard by some local media describe tragedies and emergencies that have occurred far from their homes, or sometimes just around the corner.

Would you know what to do if that same situation occured near your home, work or school? When an emergency knocks at our door there is little time to react. That is why is is essential to be informed and prepared for all types of emergencies. Being preapared can help save your life and the lives of the ones around you.

Here are our Top 5 Tips to be Prepared!

  1. Get weather alerts and emergency messages on your mobile device. In your app store, you can find apps that will help you stay informed. The Red Cross ‘Emergency’ app is available for free on Android and iOS devices and informs you about weather conditions and emergencies around your area. Click here to learn more.

2. Make a plan with your family. It is very important to design a plan with your family. Knowing ways to escape your home during a home fire and establishing a safe meeting place that is easily accessible and recognized by all family members. You should also have a pre-established meeting place located outside your community in case your community is told to evacuate.  

3. Prepare an emergency kit.  Nonperishable food, water, and equipment to help your family survive without public services for at least three days are a MUST have in your kit. Decide where you are going to store it. Establish a year-round schedule to change the food and water, and to replace the batteries in the equipment. Have a separate kit stored in your vehicle for emergencies that occur outside your home.

4. Learn CPR and First-Aid. During an emergency you may be the only person around capable of saving a life. The Red Cross offers courses online, in-person, or a combination of both to ensure you are ready for the unexpected. Click to find a course near you.

5. Find volunteer opportunities. When an emergency occurs, many people want to donate their time or money to help those who are in need. By joining the American Red Cross today, you will be trained and ready to give a helping hand to people affected by disasters.  

Take the time now to prepare for emergencies, can help you manage crisis when they arise. Above all, staying alert and informed will help you to know how to react and what to do to safeguard your life and the lives of those around you!

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