The American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Programs
So that we all can be better equipped in any emergency... the Red Cross offers some great emergency preparedness/first aid courses for the public.
This valuable resource will do you little good the day AFTER a disaster, so take the time now to look at the many valuable courses offered and enroll. Look around: fire, flood, tornadoes, earthquakes have all occurred in the last week throughout the country. What would you do if it was your house destroyed?
Child & Baby First Aid - Children and babies need specialized emergency care. Find out how to safely perform first aid on even the youngest among us.
First Aid Recertification - If you've already learned to perform first aid but need to renew your certification, you can do so in an abbreviated class that allows you stay up to date on the latest techniques, and sharpen your skills. What would you do if disaster hit your house? Do you have at least a week supply of water for each family member? What is your plan to reunite with remote loved ones? What is your plan if power remains out for more than 3 days? How many flashlights do you have safely located throughout the house? Where are they/does every one know where they are/have you tested the batteries? When was your last emergency drill? How do you turn off the utilities? Who turns off the utilities? Under what circumstances do you turn off the utilities or leave them on? Have you completed your emergency drill at night in the dark... there may not be access to light when you need to evacuate. These are all things that can save valuable minutes and lives. Remember, when a real emergency strikes you may not see an emergency worker for days... You can not count on anyone coming to your rescue.