Be Red Cross Ready This Hurricane Season

Author: American Red Cross

2017 was an unprecedented year for the American Red Cross. We responded to six major disasters in only 60 days; we provided support for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate; and responded to the Las Vegas shooting and the California wildfires.  In South Florida, the 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active we’ve ever had as we suffered the strike of Hurricane Irma.  As the 2018 season approaches, we want to ensure that everyone in our community is prepared and informed. Here are a few easy tips to get you on your way to being Red Cross Ready!

DOWNLOAD the Red Cross Emergency App. It’s FREE, easy and will put vital information at your fingertips. It’s really the best all-inclusive tool you should have. Visit redcross.org/apps or search “American Red Cross” in your mobile app store.

GET A KIT together for when emergency strikes. The proper supplies should be kept in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

MAKE A PLAN with your family. Planning ahead will save you a lot of worry when you need to act quickly.

BE INFORMED to stay safe. Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information. Know the difference between different weather alerts and what actions to take in each.

Taking these simple steps before a hurricane season begins will have you ready for any storms that come our way. The Red Cross stands ready, 24/7, with volunteers and resources to spring into action when people need us in the face of severe weather and other crises. Visit redcross.org/prepare for more details on how to be Red Cross Ready, and for the latest updates in South Florida, be sure to follow @SFLRedCross on Twitter.

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