Through TogetherWe Prepare, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter can help you, your family, neighbors, communities, schools, agencies and businesses prepare for disasters.
The American Red Cross recommends five actions which will prepare you for all types of disasters (full brochures are available in English and en Español):
Step 1: Make a Plan (en español)
Planning ahead for what to do in a disaster is important for everyone. Wherever you are when disaster strikes, you should know what to do, where to go and how to contact your loved ones.
- Talk about disasters that can happen in your area, such as earthquakes, residential and building fires, wildfires, floods, chemical emergencies, landslides and acts of terrorism.
- Develop a communication plan.
- Plan where to meet after a disaster.
- Learn the plans of places where you and your loved ones spend time (school, workplace, etc.)
- Learn how to keep yourself safe when disaster strikes.
- Check your disaster supplies and replace water and food every six months.
- Tell everyone in your household the details of your disaster plan and the location of disaster supply kits and emergency contact information.
- Practice your plan.
Get an emergency contact card for you and your loved ones.
Step 2: Build a Kit (en español)
In an emergency, you may be confined to your home or workplace for an extended period of time, or you may be told to evacuate on short notice. What you have on hand when a disaster strikes can make a difference, and that difference can save a life.
Plan to store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days.
Learn what your kit should include and how to store it.
Purchase a kit from the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.
Step 3: Get Trained (en español)
When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones can be hurt, and emergency response can be delayed. Learn how to respond during a disaster and first aid techniques to help anyone in your home, neighborhood and workplace.
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter offers courses on disaster preparedness, first aid, CPR and AED training all over the Bay Area.
Print an emergency actions reference card.
4: Volunteer (en español)
Few people in the United States are untouched by Red Cross servicesall made possible by volunteers, people like you. By volunteering with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, you can help your community prepare for disasters.
Find out about these opportunities and other ways to serve.
Step 5: Give Blood (en español)
Blood is needed in times of emergency, but the ongoing need is also great. Please visit our website for more information about being a blood donor, or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
TOGETHERWE PREPARE, Together, We Can Save A life.
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