Red Cross Disaster Kits

by Courtney Wheaton on May 12, 2014 at 9:42 am

Between April and May our region has seen an onslaught of rainy weather causing flooding to pop up around town. The Red Cross is urging the public to get and stay prepared in case of an emergency.

Red Cross employees say that everyone should create a natural disaster kit to help them survive a flood. Each kit should cater to your family’s specific needs.

"Basic things like a three day supply of water, a gallon per person for each day. Some dehydrated food like granola, you have your flashlight, your radio extra batteries and as you can see when you looked at my kit there was a little extra cash, " said Martha Staley.

Staley says another important factor in staying prepared for a flood is knowing when to evacuate a situation. Remember "Turn Around , Don’t Drown."

"It is a regular saying that we put right out there and we come to that. Water that is like ankle deep, and more than six inches you should turn around and go the other way, same as if you’re in your car even two feet of swiftly moving water can move a large suv, said Staley. "

If you would like to learn more about natural disaster preparation, the Red Cross offers free classes to interested organizations. You are also reminded to download one of the many mobile apps that the red cross offers to keep you safe and up to date.