Red Cross Ready- preparing for disaster

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) If Western Colorado faced a catastrophe would you be ready? The recent flooding on the Front Range is a reminder of just how quickly disaster can strike.

Red Cross officials say Western Colorado has seen its fair share of disasters and it's important to be prepared. Tonight’s two hour class taught participants how to have their bases covered in case they find themselves in an emergency situation.

Emergencies can strike at any time, some come in the form of nature and others are man-made. The Red Cross says it's vital to create a game plan for you, your family and pets.

“Everybody usually has some type of a kit, some type of materials, but it's the plan that people don't have, so when the disaster strikes, they don't know what to do," said Eric Myers, Executive Director of the Red Cross Western Colorado Chapter.

From flooding to wildfires, Red Cross Ready breaks it down into three simple steps: get a kit, make a plan and be informed.

“Encouraging folks to do is start building their own 72 hour kit, it's a kit that they could be self-sufficient off of for three days," said Myers.

Rheta Strong, volunteers for the non-profit. She also teaches the community about safety preparedness and took advantage of tonight's workshop to brush up on her knowledge.

It's important to continue to learn how to present this material to the public. If you don't have a strong foundation within yourself, its difficult then to teach someone else or to pass it on," said Strong.

One thing Strong would like pass on is the important of planning ahead.

“You will have perhaps saved important pictures or papers and so forth, even though you didn't get to take them out with you, and that's because you've done something about that, months ahead of when the flood or the fire came," said Strong.

The workshop was held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month and is a part of the statewide Prepare Colorado movement designed to improve the overall preparedness and resilience of Colorado residents.

If you would like more information on what to include in your 72-hour emergency kit or on how you can take classes at the Red Cross, head to their website linked to this story.

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