Red Cross Chapters Urge Preparedness In September and Beyond

American Red Cross chapters across the country are working to help individuals, families, schools and businesses take action to “Be Red Cross Ready” for all types of disasters and emergencies.

“Preparing ahead of time will help you respond better in a disaster or emergency, and may even save your life,” said Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive. “Prepared citizens mean better prepared communities. The Red Cross will always be there to provide relief in times of disasters, and want to teach people the skills they need to prepare for and keep their families safer in an emergency.”

Throughout the year, Chapters provide a whole-host of opportunities to become better prepared by offering first aid, CPR training, water-safety, Babysitting courses, etc. and by participating in multiple community events. September is National Preparedness Month across the country with special emphasis especially as kids go back to school.

In addition to attending events, people can learn how to “Be Red Cross Ready” in just three simple steps: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan and 3) Be informed, by visiting As a special gift, visitors who take the online “Pledge to Prepare” will receive a coupon for 10 percent off the Personal Emergency Preparedness Pack at the store during September.

Now in its fifth year, National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to raise public awareness about the importance of preparing for all types of emergencies. This year, DHS added a fourth step, Get Involved, to remind people of the need for everyone’s involvement to make preparedness a community effort.

To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, call 920.231.3590 or