Tuesday, September 01, 2009

September is National Preparedness Month: Be Red Cross Ready!

It’s been a little while since my last post. I wish I could say it’s because I was getting ready for September, but unfortunately that’s not the case. “What’s so special about September?” you might be asking. Well, I’ll tell you what’s so special about September: It’s National Preparedness Month!

Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and evaluate your situation. I’m asking you to take some time this month to evaluate your preparedness situation and take steps toward being ready for a disaster should it occur. These steps don’t have to be anything monumental. They’re actions as simple as making sure you have extra batteries for your flashlight and phone numbers of emergency personnel in your disaster kit. At the end of the month, you’ll be well on your way to being Red Cross Ready (Click that link, it’s a great presentation!).

This will be a lot easier than trying to eat healthier (although that’s good for you too). Just take 10 minutes out of your day to read our postings on our Twitter or Facebook pages (they’ll also be posted right here on our blog for those of you who haven’t yet subscribed to those services), follow the easy step of the day, and bam! you’re done for the day. You’re automatically more prepared than you were the day before – and you didn’t even have to eat any broccoli. Sounds easy, right?

The three steps to being Red Cross Ready are 1) Get a Kit 2) Make a Plan 3) Be Informed. We’ll get you started on these steps throughout the month, and each week will have a theme focusing on a particular aspect of preparedness that might be unique to certain situations. This week we’ll be focusing on family preparedness.

Let’s work together this month to be prepared. Just tune in every day to one of our social media channels and we’ll have something new for you! To keep you interested, we’ll be giving away a few items from our store, and some of them will make great additions to your disaster kit. The first of these giveaways is tomorrow, so keep a close eye on the blog, become our fan Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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