September is National Preparedness Month

Omaha, NE – September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter says preparing for disasters is essential.

Heartland Chapter spokeswoman Danelle Schlegelmilch says there are three ways you can prepare in the event of a disaster. "The three steps are to build an emergency preparedness kit, to make an emergency plan so your family will know exactly what to do with that kit when you're in that time of need, and then also be informed." Schlegelmilch recommends taking a CPR or other class as well.

A disaster preparedness kit should contain enough food and bottled water for you and your family for at least three days. If you have pets, the kit should also include their food, leashes, and medical information. Schlegelmilch says if you can, put together a portable kit with two weeks worth of supplies.

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