• American Red Cross urges preparedness during Severe Weather Preparedness Week

    March 16, 2011 No comments

    The American Red Cross along with the National Weather Service, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Public Safety Commission, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, and the amateur radio community is participating in Severe Weather Preparedness week March 13-19, 2011.

    March is Red Cross month, and in celebration the Red Cross urges every family, school, and business to take time now to Be Red Cross Ready by following these three steps:

    Get a Kit – Have essential items collected to sustain you and your family for 3 days after an emergency. Disaster Supplies Kit items include: Water, Food, Flashlights with extra batteries, First-aid supplies, Radio (batter-powered or hand-crank, NOAA), Multi-purpose tool, Cell phone with chargers, Clothing, Blankets or Sleeping Bags, Sanitation and personal hygiene items, Copies of important family documents, Family & emergency contact information, Extra cash, Emergency blanket, Map(s) of the area, Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.

    Make a Plan – Include evacuation information and emergency contacts for staying connected with loved ones during a disaster.

    Be Informed – Learn about the types of disasters that you may face and the best ways to respond to them.

    Activities for Severe Weather Preparedness week include the 33rd annual statewide test tornado drill on Wednesday March 16 between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. EDT. A second drill will occur between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Wednesday evening. Thursday March 17 is the make-up drill day if weather postpones Wednesday’s drill. These drills and communication tests should be used as times to practice your disaster plan.

    Thanks to the generosity of its volunteers, financial supporters and community partners, the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis reaches one in three households in central Indiana each year by responding to disasters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year; reducing the impact of disasters through planning and preparedness education; empowering people with lifesaving training in the workplace, in the classroom and online; supporting military families with emergency communications and other services; giving first aid care at community events; providing free medical transportation to people in need and developing the leadership skills of youth. Contributions may be sent to 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-3388. Contributions can also be made by visiting www.indyredcross.org.

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