Three steps for emergency preparedness

Hilary Anderson, American Red Cross Preparedness and Resiliency Manager, shares the three most important steps for preparing yourself for an emergency
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Three steps for emergency preparedness

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Emergency preparedness can be tackled in three easy steps: "Get a kit, make a plan, and be informed." With your kit, the four most important items to start with are water, food, a first-aid kit, and medications. With your plan, we want to think about the "Rule of Two": Choose two meeting places, two evacuation routes, practice it twice a year. When you're practicing those two times a year, check your emergency kit--check your supplies. Being informed, probably the first place you'd want to start is those protective actions. For earthquake, we drop, cover, and hold on. For home fires, we get out and stay out, we crawl low in smoke, and we stop, drop and roll if we catch on fire. Those are great protective actions to start with. Get a kit, make a plan, and be informed. For a full list of details on how to complete those three steps, visit RedCross.org.

Hilary Anderson, American Red Cross Preparedness and Resiliency Manager, shares the three most important steps for preparing yourself for an emergency

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Hilary Anderson, MA

American Red Cross

Hilary Anderson has been with the American Red Cross for the past three and a half years as a volunteer and staff member in positions with communications, disaster relief, development and volunteer services. As the Preparedness and Resiliency Manager, her primary responsibility is the delivery of educational programming across the Los Angeles region to get individuals, schools, businesses and organizations prepared for a disaster. As a dog owner, she also hopes to get your pets ready too! Hilary has a master’s degree in International Policy Studies with an emphasis in humanitarian assistance as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Journalism and German. She has worked for non-profits abroad in Israel, Bolivia and Germany focusing on grant writing, youth and education and also feeding and sheltering. 

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