PUBLISHED: 4:42 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Prepare to be Red Cross ready
The American Red Cross of Alaska wants to help your family feel confident and have the peace of mind that goes along with knowing you are prepared for an emergency.

September is preparedness month and the goal of the Red Cross is to help families through the process of "getting prepared."

It doesn't have to be over whelming, scary, take a lot of time or even cost a lot of money.

You can prepare for a disaster by taking three simple actions of getting a kit, making a plan and being informed.

Get a kit

Having a kit empowers a family to not only help them but also to be prepared to help a friend, neighbor or family member when an emergency occurs.

The Red Cross recommends that families have enough water, perishable food, medications and first aid supplies for each family member for three days. Here in Alaska we recommend seven to 10 days of supplies.

Your kit should also include a flashlight and radio with extra batteries. Remember to check your kit every six months and replace any expired items.

Make a plan

When making your emergency plan include and practice an evacuation and communication plan. Every member of your family should know how to reach family members and where to meet if you can't get home. Your family should choose an out of state relative or friend for an emergency contact.

Be informed

Disasters can happen any time and anywhere and are different according to what region of the country your in. Here in Alaska we face the threat of earthquakes, floods, avalanches and winter storms, so prepare for those types of emergency's that occur here at home.

Don't fall into the trap of thinking it will never happen to you. Emergencies happen, but you can feel more in control by preparing you and your family in advance.

First aid and CPR training are vital to your preparedness plan and the American Red Cross of Southeast Alaska offers monthly courses that will help you help your family in an emergency.

To sign up for a class, purchase a first aid kit or to find out more information on how to prepare your family and be Red Cross ready, call our offices at 463-5713 or stop by at 3200 Hospital DR # 203 Juneau AK 99801.