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3/15/03

Get Your Family Prepared for Disaster

It's Disaster Awareness Month, and that means it's the perfect time to get your family prepared. Do you have a plan in place? Do you have an emergency kit ready? Do you even know what to put in it? The American Red Cross has all these answers and is available for your family.

There are five actions everyone should take to be prepared for any natural or other disaster. They are:

  • Make a plan
  • Build a kit
  • Get first aid trained
  • Volunteer
  • Give blood

Why are these steps so important?

The American Red Cross is known for lending a hand when disaster strikes. Big or small, these volunteers show up to help, that's one of the reasons they set up at Lowe's this weekend to share information on disaster preparedness.

"We're here doing disaster preparedness information. We've got different pamphlets, and we also have an example of a disaster supply kit inside, and we're promoting awareness of disasters and how you can be prepared," said Amanda Middlebrook, Red Cross volunteer.

The pamphlets cover everything from what to put in an emergency kit, to helping children cope with disaster to making a family plan.

"Even in West Texas, we have stuff like tornadoes, and we're also interested in making sure people are prepared for terrorism and we can be self-sustaining in our homes if something should happen," said Middlebrook.

The Red Cross is volunteer driven and donation funded. It's a service that responds when you need it the most.

"We've done hail storms, when people's property has been torn up by hail. We do single family fires when people don't have a place to live or they've lost all their belongings. We go to the scene and support them in the best way we can. We offer that, shelter, food, blankets, clothing, it's all for disaster relief. It's new items -- nothing used," said Rex Castle, the Red Cross Board Chair.

The South Plains Red Cross covers a 15 county region across West Texas. For more information on how to make a family plan or what you should have on hand in a disaster kit, you can call the Red Cross at (806) 765-8534 or you can (click here).

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