Disasters can strike at any time -- from earthquakes to hurricanes to terrorist attacks.
"We all must do what we can to prepare our families and make our communities ready for the next emergency," Wabash Valley Chapter Emergency Services Director Stephanie Land said.
"Everyone can take three key action steps to get started: Build a kit, make a plan and get informed."
Emergency preparedness kits should include enough supplies for at least three days in case of evacuation.
Water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a seven-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents should be in the kit.
The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home.
A variety of emergency preparedness kits, first aid kits and other supplies are available at www.redcrossstore.org.
All members of the household should work together on an emergency plan. Designate a meeting place outside the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire.
Each person should know how to reach other members of the household.
The plan should also include an out-of-area emergency contact person and a location where everyone should meet if they can't go home.
People should be informed about what types of disasters are most likely to occur where they live and how local authorities will make contact in the event of a disaster.