September is American Red Cross National Preparedness Month | Photo by Pixsooz, iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News
ST. GEORGE- September is National Preparedness Month, and the Utah Red Cross reminds everyone that now is the time to prepare for future emergencies.
According to a Red Cross press release, this is demonstrated by the worsening effects of climate change, which translates into frequent and devastating weather events.
A 2021 Washington Post analysis found that more than 40% of Americans — some 130 million people — lived in a county hit by a weather-related disaster.
“More powerful weather events are occurring in the United States than ever before,” Benjamin Donner, executive director of the American Red Cross Central and Southern Utah Chapter, said in the news release. “In fact, there have been more climate-related disasters in the United States over the past two decades than in any other country. It is vital that everyone takes action now to prepare.”
Tips for keeping your family safe in the event of a disaster
Build a emergency kit which includes: one gallon of water per person, per day; non-perishable food, flashlight, battery operated radio, first aid kit, medicine, infant supplies, multi-tool and personal hygiene items. Also include copies of important documents, cell phone chargers, blankets, credit cards the region and the coordinates of the people to contact in case of emergency.
Make an emergency plocal network who understands what to do if you are separated from your family and what to do if you need to evacuate. Be sure to coordinate your plan with your child’s school, work, and your community’s emergency plan.
Stay informed finding out what emergencies can happen where you live, work and go to school. Find out how local authorities will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information, such as evacuation orders.
To understand pets in your emergency plans
If you and your family have to evacuate, so will your pet. It is important to know in advance which pet-friendly hotels are in your area and where your pets can stay in case of an emergency.
Plan for special needs
Elderly people, for example, or people with mobility, hearing, learning or visual impairments may need a support network of people who can help them in an emergency. . Create a plan that takes into account your abilities, any help you may need and who can provide it, especially if you need to evacuate or if the power is out for several days.
Help your community
Red Cross volunteers play a vital role in supporting their local communities by ensuring that families do not have to face difficult times alone. Be ready to help not only your loved ones, but also your neighbors. Consider joining the Red Cross as a disaster response team volunteer, which would include learning life skills such as first aid or CPR or just donating blood.
Blood donation is precious, especially in September
A strong blood supply is key to preparing for disasters and medical emergencies, and donors can help ensure blood is on the shelves when it’s needed.
Those who donate blood from September 1-18 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.
Race to give
Those who donate from September 1-30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR experience, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts, including two tickets to a 2023 race. All September donors will also receive a coupon for a free haircut. Donors can view upcoming blood donation opportunities and schedule an appointment appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The American Red Cross Utah Region serves more than 2.8 million people in nearly 85,000 square miles, statewide.
To contact the Red Cross regional office in St. George, call (435) 628-1233. The office is located at 476 E. Riverside Drive. Click here for more information.