National Preparedness Month
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UNITED STATES -- September is National Preparedness Month. The American Red Cross created their September preparedness campaign in response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
The month is about creating a disaster plans for your family. You're advised to have an evacuation and communication plan, along with a kit for each person in the home. The kit should include clothing, non-perishable foods, water, batteries and anything you need to take with you if you are forced to evacuate.
Members of the American Red Cross say there are differences in how they respond to each emergency.
"The type of disaster dictates the level of response. So, a house explosion is a bit different than a multi-county flood. What we do is we escalate the response, we might have larger shelters, multiple shelters as opposed to maybe hotel/motel stays or an evacuation shelter," said Brian Mcconnell, Executive Director.
You can visit www.redcross.org for more information on getting an emergency plan together.