Now more than ever, you need to be prepared for the unexpected ...
MAKE A PLAN
After a disaster, it is vital that you know
your family is safe. By making a plan today, you can avoid uncertainty in the future.
During an emergency, the more you have planned ahead of time, the calmer and more
assured you and your family will be. These six steps will help you through the process:
BUILD A KIT
Your household should have a three-day Disaster Supplies Kit
to ensure the comfort and safety of your entire family for 3 full days.
Disasters can occur quickly and without warning. And when an emergency strikes, it can force you to evacuate your neighborhood
or confine you to your home. If a destructive storm cut off your power, phone and other basic services for several days, or if a chemical spill or
other hazard forced you to stay in your home, what would you do? Your family will cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit
now -- once disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. Be prepared -- build a kit!
Every family should have at least one person trained in First
Aid and CPR/AED.
The American Red Cross of Rhode Island offers courses to help you and your family prepare for emergencies. We are aware of the hazards that can happen in the area where you live and work, and
can provide you with presentations and information that will help you learn how to keep your family and co-workers safe when disaster strikes. Contact
us to find out about disaster preparedness presentations available for your community or workplace.
In the event of a disaster, emergency medical response may be delayed because of
the remoteness of your home or by adverse conditions, such as roads blocked by floodwater or debris. While precious minutes slip by, your emergency training could
mean the difference between life and death. Properly administered first aid or CPR can help stabilize an injured or ailing family member until help arrives. Make sure at
least one family member is trained in first aid and CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator. It could save a life.
Click Here to sign up online for First Aid, CPR/AED, and other vital courses.
Red Cross volunteers help people in emergencies, whether it's
half a million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood.
Our vital work is made possible by people who know how good it can
feel to lend a helping hand. Red Cross "everyday heroes" come from all walks of life. Everyone has something special to offer . . . including you.
Last year more than one million Americans helped their communities prevent,
prepare for and respond to emergencies as Red Cross volunteers. And the demand for vital American Red Cross services and the committed volunteers to deliver them
continues to grow. You can help your community be prepared.
The Red Cross is currently training volunteers in every Rhode Island community. To
find out more or to sign up, contact Nick Logothets, Director of Emergency Services at 401-831-7700 x116 or [email protected].
Donating blood on a regular basis ensures a safe and stable
supply is available at all times.
America needs a safe and secure blood supply. It is critical to public
health. In times of crisis, the American Red Cross can quickly ship blood from one area of the country to anotherwherever it is needed most. But regular donations of blood are essential to ensure that all
needs are met, all of the time.
Every two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion cancer patients,
accident victims, premature infants, people with chronic diseases. Blood donation means so much to individuals struggling to survive their own personal crisis, and it's something you can do to make a difference.
Giving blood doesn't take much time, and each donation has the power to save as
many as three lives. Because whole blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, it is important to be a regular and frequent donor.
In Rhode Island, the American Red Cross works closely with the Rhode Island Blood
Center, who handles all blood collection in the Ocean State. To find out more about giving blood or to set up a blood drive in your area, contact the Rhode Island Blood Center at: 1-800-283-8385 or www.ribc.org. Give the gift of life -- give blood.