Given the uncontrollable nature of disasters, it's hard to imagine you can take steps to plan for them, but we know that preparing for the unexpected builds confidence and peace of mind, and helps people to better manage these situations. The American Red Cross recommends everyone take three actions to prepare themselves and their family for disasters: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan and 3) Be informed:
-- Assemble a disaster supplies kit. For a downloadable checklist of
supplies, visit http://www.redcross.org
-- Create a family communications and evacuation plan
-- Learn how you will get information from local authorities and stay
For more information on general disaster preparedness, please visit http://www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
In addition, the Red Cross recognizes the desire of the American public to help. The Disaster Relief Fund is the resource that allows the Red Cross to respond to anyone with disaster-caused needs, whenever and wherever a disaster occurs. To donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS. Those planning to donate blood are asked to call
1-800-GIVELIFE, or visit GIVELIFE.org for more information.
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by
voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can
help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year,
disasters like the California wildfires, by making a financial gift to the
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to
provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of
disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to
designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of
|SOURCE American Red Cross|
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