September is National Preparedness Month, and the local chapter of the American Red Cross wants to make sure you're taking all the necessary steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Martha Staley, Community Disaster Educator with the Muskingum Valley Red Cross, said if you don't yet have a disaster plan with your family, now is the time to come up with one.
"Get your family together," Staley said. "Take a half an hour. Talk it out, find out what they think they would do, and then get information from the Red Cross on what the correct thing to do is. We have all kinds of literature that you can come here and get in order to be prepared, and I will absolutely come and speak anytime to any group. That's a free service that we offer on disaster preparedness, and I'll bring my kit along."
Disaster kits should be made up of basic but important items including a NOAA weather radio, batteries, a flashlight, first aid kit, and extra cash among other items. Smart phones can also be your friend in times of emergency thanks to new apps.
"We have a first aid app, a tornado app which a siren will even go off on your phone if you have that particular type of smart phone that you can download those on," Staley said. "Our apps can be found on our website. Just go to www.redcross.org and look up Red Cross apps, and they can tell you how to download that to your phone."
For more information on disaster plans or kits, you can give the Red Cross a call at 740-844-2017.