As of April 12, 2010, the NYG Reporter fully supports and promotes the American Red Cross on our website. You can find a link to the site on the right side bottom. I have personally done volunteer work for the Red Cross during the 2005 hurricane season (Wilma) in South Florida and another time in the late 1990’s. I know what it feels like to have no power, electricity or water for two weeks. Disaster relief and preparedness are things that no one generally thinks about until it’s too late. I would urge all Americans to have a proper kit ready for all disaster type situations. One of our community leaders Saulo Padua, who is practicing law in Brazil, just recently experienced first hand what the devastating storms can do. Brazil was hit very hard last week. Hopefully, Saulo can leave a comment here and tell us a little about what he has seen there. The Red Cross was founded in 1881 and has been helping with disaster relief for 129 years.
I urge all parents and people alike, to take the time to make a disaster preparedness plan. Every home should have a small bag with the following items in it. Keep this bag in a place where you know it will always be ready to go if something should happen. Going over a “what to do if…” scenario with children and spouses. It takes one night of sitting and talking. Having the bag ready to go, takes a lot of thinking out of the process when trying getting back to normal. The thing with a disaster is you never really know what you are going to need, until you need it.
Here is the link to the American Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/
The NYG Reporter Disaster Preparedness Starter List:
1. Two Flashlights with extra batteries.
2. Hand Crank Weather Radio, no batteries needed.
3. Can Opener
5. Water (as much as possible)
6. Leatherman Tool/Small Knife
7. Candles – enough for one week
8. First Aid Kit/Medications – size depends on actual family size
9. Bottle of Aspirin
10. Snack Bars – a couple of small boxes, granola, protein.
11. Hand Sanitizer – a couple of small bottles
12. State Map, Notebook and Pens
13. Canned Food (7) Jar of Coffee (1)
14. Important Papers Copies. Family and Friends contact information. Hand written copies of all phone numbers, email and home addresses.
15. Nylon Duffle Bag – weatherproof and large enough to carry all of your items. Extra Set of Keys.
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RD – NYGReporter.com