Focus on Preparedness During American Red Cross Month

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

March is American Red Cross Month, a great opportunity for citizens, families, businesses, and Fire Corps teams to review disaster plans and build or restock emergency kits. 

According to FEMA Region X Administrator Ken Murphy, the American Red Cross not only provides help, hope, and healing when disaster strikes, but also offers a wide selection of CPR/AED, first aid, disaster response, and emergency preparedness training.

"The Red Cross is FEMA's major partner coordinating food and shelter during catastrophic disasters, but the key to any successful emergency response, regardless of the nature of the event, is personal preparedness," said Murphy. 

"Red Cross classes and resources help people prepare with a few simple steps: build an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan, and stay informed of the hazards in your area.  These resources can go a long way towards empowering our communities to make a real difference when the chips are down."

Fire Corps teams not only play an important role in supporting emergency response activities, but they can also assist in preparing and educating their communities before a disaster strikes. Click here for more information on American Red Cross Month.

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