What does it take to be prepared for an emergency? Your American Red Cross has simplified the process into three simple steps.

1. MAKE A PLAN: Planning ahead is the first step to a calmer and more assured disaster response.

Download a copy of our Emergency Contact Card. [PDF, 184K]

2. GET A KIT: Store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days. Include any necessary items for infants, seniors and people with disabilities. Store your disaster supplies in a sturdy but easy-to-carry container. Keep a smaller version of the kit in your vehicle.

To purchase a first aid or disaster kit, visit our Red Cross Shop.

3. BE INFORMED AND GET TRAINED: Learning basic preparedness, First Aid, and CPR/AED skills can give you the confidence and ability to help anyone in your family, community and at work in the event of an emergency.


If you have a few minutes, check out our free online preparedness module. Our Personal Preparedness and First Aid Tips module provides home preparedness tips and basic first aid information; the training uses informational slides and video clips to illustrate first aid skills. What you learn could save a life!

If you have 20 minutes, view our free preparedness podcast. Our Disaster Preparedness Podcast focuses on preparing your home and family for disasters; the course includes a 19-minute film, downloadable participant materials, and frequently-asked-questions.

If you would like to meet other like-minded citizens in your community, enroll in one of our classes in the Bay Area.

We can also conduct preparedness training sessions at your workplace.

If you would like to enroll in first aid or CPR/AED classes, please click here.

For more details, download our Actions for Emergency Preparedness brochure. [PDF, 332K]

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