American Red Cross Reminds Families To Be Prepared At Home

In an effort to balance the budget in the City of San Diego, “rolling brownouts” will commence on February 6, 2010.  Fire crews will be rotated and equipment will be less available, meaning that first responders may take longer to respond to an emergency.  The American Red Cross reminds San Diego families to be prepared in the event that disaster strikes.
GET A KIT – Create an emergency preparedness kit for your family and review its contents every six months. If you don’t have one, you can make one yourself or purchase one at the online Red Cross store at  An emergency preparedness kit contains essential emergency items such as food, water, light sticks, blankets and a first aid kit, among other necessities. These family-friendly kits are available stocked with supplies for one, two or four people.
MAKE A PLAN – Discuss with your family the disasters that can happen where you live.  Establish responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.  Designate alternates in case someone is absent.
Choose two places to meet after a disaster:  One place should be outside of your home, in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. Another place should be outside of your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate your neighborhood.
Each responsible adult in your household should learn how and when to turn off utilities such as electricity, water and gas.  Ask your local fire department to show you how to use a fire extinguisher.
Inform everyone in the household where emergency supplies are kept.  Make copies of the information for someone to carry with them.  Keep the information updated.
Run home evacuation drills twice a year.  Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes in case main roads are impassable or gridlocked.
BE INFORMED – Know what may happen and how you can help.  Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work and play.  These events can vary from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.
To learn more about being prepared for a disaster, visit

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