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Five steps for emergency preparedness

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

-MAKE A PLAN - Meet as a family and discuss possible disasters and designate meeting places; one location outside your home for sudden emergencies and another location outside of your neighborhood, in case you can not return home.

-BUILD A KIT - Have a three-day supply of the following items: water, food, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, medications, battery-operated radio, tools, clothing, important documents, eye glasses/contact lenses, sanitary supplies, money, family contact information, pet supplies, map and a few comfort items, such as, toys or books.

-GET TRAINED - Make sure at least one person in your family is trained in first aid and CPR and knows how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). Follow the three emergency steps: check the scene for safety and the victim for life-threatening conditions, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number, care for the victim if you are able to do so safely.

-VOLUNTEER - Find an area in your community where you can serve.

-GIVE BLOOD - Each blood donation can help save three lives, but whole blood only has a shelf life of 42 days.

-- Information provided by the American Red Cross

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