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As National Preparedness Month Ends, Make A “Pledge To Prepare”

October 1st, 2008 · No Comments

National Preparedness Month is now over, but you can make a last minute preparedness ‘commitment’ through the American Red Cross’ Pledge To Prepare checkoff here.

Among the possible pledges:

I will start gathering the supplies I need for my emergency preparedness kit.

I will make copies of important information for my emergency preparedness kit (insurance papers, proof of home ownership, lease, birth certificate, etc.)

When I go grocery shopping, I’ll buy bottled water and extra food that doesn’t need cooking or refrigeration.

I will talk to household members and select two meeting places–one right outside our home and one outside our neighborhood in case we can’t return home.

I will research and write down the address of hotels, motels or animal shelters that will accept pets in case I have to evacuate my home.

I will fill out an emergency contact card and give it to every member of my household.

I will contact my local Red Cross chapter to enroll in a First Aid and CPR/AED course.

I will find out what disasters could happen in my area and learn the emergency alert systems in my community.

I will find out about my child’s school emergency plan.

I will help my community maintain a safe blood supply by making an appointment to donate blood.

I will contact my local Red Cross chapter to find out about volunteer opportunities.

I will contact my local Citizen Corps Council to find out how to get involved in local preparedness activities.

I’ve already done a lot of these due to my work on the blog and the book. However, I did make a pledge today to re-check the emergency plan of my kids’ school for the new year.

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