As heard on Morning Line: American Red Cross and disaster preparedness
American Red Cross of Alaska Regional CEO Tanguy Libbrecht and regional communications officer Cari Dighton visited Morning Line to talk about Hurricane Florence and disaster preparedness.
"Nationally, we worry about hurricanes and all kinds of different disasters," Dighton said. "Here in Alaska we worry about earthquakes kind of continually and winter storms and that sort of thing that will be coming up. So it's always great to be prepared. A lot of people think that it's more difficult than it actually is, but really there's three simple steps that we recommend, and that will get you where you need to be in case of a disaster. It would be to create a disaster preparedness kit; to be informed; and to create a plan with your families."
Some of the things the American Red Cross recommends for your disaster preparedness kit include a gallon of water per person per day (for about a week); medications, important documents, non-perishable food items, batteries, flashlights, radios, pet food, etc.
"Really just getting all those together in an easy-to-carry kit that you can grab and go, and checking that a couple of times year to make sure things are expired," Dighton said.
For more information, go to redcross.org/Alaska.