It’s time to turn the clocks ahead and lose an hour of sleep this weekend when Daylight Saving Time kicks in at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. The American Red Cross reminds everyone it’s also a great time to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for emergencies.
Locally, the cold winter months have been busy for Red Cross Disaster Action Team Volunteers. The Kansas Capital Area Chapter has responded to 42 house and apartment fires and assisted more than 150 people since December 1.
CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES
When you turn the clocks ahead, take a few minutes to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. It’s also a great time to check your carbon monoxide detectors.
GET YOUR HOUSEHOLD PREPARED
Disaster can strike anywhere, anytime. It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready and knows what to do should an emergency occur. The Red Cross wants everyone to know about the three steps they should take to be prepared.
Get a kit. Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry preparedness bag that you can use at home or take with you if you have to evacuate.
Make a plan. Meet with members of your household and discuss what emergencies could occur in your home, taking into account what type of disasters could happen in your neighborhood. Plan what steps everyone should take if something happens.
Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in your area and how officials will notify you should a disaster occur. Know the difference between weather watches and warnings. Tell others what you have learned so they can be ready too.
Learn how to be prepared for different situations, from blizzards and floods to hurricanes and tornadoes by checking out redcross.org/prepare. Download the suite of Red Cross apps for mobile devices which give people vital information to help keep them safe during everyday emergencies and large-scale disasters. Start getting ready now by making sure you and your loved ones know what to do should an emergency occur in your home or throughout your community.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.