Red Cross Month is reminder to prepare for disasters

March 1, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. March 1, 2011

March is American Red Cross Month — a chance for families and businesses to update disaster plans, and build or restock emergency kits.

Every year, the American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties brings together 2,500 people to care for neighbors, train 100,000 people in life-saving skills and respond to emergencies about once every other day.

FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy lauded the Red Cross for providing help, hope and healing if disaster strikes — and praised the nonprofit organization for also offering CPR, automated external defibrillator, first aid and emergency preparedness training.

“The Red Cross is FEMA’s major partner in coordinating food and shelter during catastrophic disasters, but the key to any successful emergency response, regardless of the nature of the event, is personal preparedness,” Murphy said in a statement. “Red Cross classes and resources help people build emergency kits and create emergency plans. These resources can go a long way toward empowering our community to make a real difference when disaster strikes.”

Local Red Cross CEO Randy Hutson agreed.

“We know that any steps you take today to prepare will help mitigate damage when disaster occurs,” he said in a statement. “We encourage people to evaluate their own personal preparedness and this month serves as a great reminder.”

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