Are you ready for any disaster? And I’m talking completely prepared for anything Mother Nature decides to throw at you. According to preparesocal.org, only 6% of households in L.A. are truly prepared. So chances are you need a little help getting your family ready for a disaster. Well, lucky for you, the Red Cross is here to help you out. The Red Cross, partnered with Edison International, has created this incredibly informative website called Prepare SoCal. Yes, the one I mentioned above-a little foreshadowing anyone?
This site breaks down getting prepared into 3 steps:
1. Get a Kit : Maybe you are thinking where do I start? This website offers tips on what to include for whatever your needs are-from mini-kits and basic kits to the ultimate preparedness kit. If you don’t have the time or energy to put together your own kit, the Red Cross has got you covered there, too. Their online store offers kits in different sizes and levels-from basic 1 person to deluxe family kits.
2. Make a Plan: Knowing exaclty what to do in the event of a disaster can take the panic out of a situation, not to mention potentially save lives. Your family disaster plan should include a communication plan, disaster supplies kit, and an evacuation plan. Only four steps to a disaster ready plan:
- Find out what could happen to you
- Make a disaster plan
- Complete the checklist (click the link and scroll down to see it)
- Practice your plan
3. Be Informed: From earthquakes and wildfires to pandemic and terrorism, whatever it is, this site has got you covered. Use this resource to learn what disasters can affect you. Topics covered include how to prepare, what to do during a disaster and other related information. There are even first-aid tips on common injuries that may happen during that particular disaster.
Not a fan of reading? No problem. This site also has PrepareTV-short videos on different topics related to preparedness. So you can watch and inform yourself that way. (Psst… It’s a great tool if you’re teaching your kids about preparedness.)
Wanna go the extra mile and take a class? A little CPR training perhaps? You can find out more about that on this website, too.