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Emergency preparedness: Be informed

Published May 11, 2015

Are you informed on emergency preparedness? It’s important to know the types of disasters or emergencies that may occur in your area. Once you know what could happen, you can begin to prepare.

We know that as caregivers, being informed on medical advancements and procedures is how we save lives.  It is equally as important to know how and where to get the information you need about emergencies. Some things to consider before an emergency happens:

  • Identify how your community will share information— How will you be notified in the case of a disaster? 
  • Learn more about what weather alerts mean— How does a weather watch differ from a weather warning? 
  • Know what actions to take to protect yourself and your family— Does everybody in your family know what steps to take if a disaster were to occur? 

Take advantage of the Red Cross emergency contact card to help you and your family know who to contact in an emergency. For other tips to keep friends and family informed, visit the Red Cross