Tips from the American Red Cross

I received an e-mail tip in September from Caitlin, who works on behalf of the Clorox Company and the American Red Cross. September was National Disaster Preparedness Month, and although I received her e-mail in time to post.... I've been too neglectful of updating blogs (although I have a TON of posts I need to write!).

So, for your reading pleasure and to supplement preparedness preparations you may be in the works of making, here is her e-mail:

Hi Mrs. Tips,
I noticed you have posted in the past about the first 100 things to disappear in an emergency, and so I wanted to provide you with some emergency preparedness tips you and your readers might be interested in.
The recent wildfires in California and flooding in downtown Atlanta, have brought into sharp focus the need to prepare our families in case of an emergency—and since September marks National Disaster Preparedness month, now’s the time! I work on behalf of The Clorox Company – together with the American Red Cross they have some great tips for families about preparing for and recovering from a disaster, which I included below. For more information you can visit:

Key preparation steps:
o Get a kit - Have an emergency preparedness kit for your household. Include basic supplies:
- Water - 1 gallon per person, per day for drinking and washing (min. 3-day supply)
- Non-perishable food (min. 3-day supply)
- Flashlight
- Multi-purpose tool
- Radio
- First aid kit
- Important medications and copies of personal documents
- Disinfecting bleach for cleaning, disinfecting and emergency water sanitation
o Make a plan - Meet with your family or household members. Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency. Be sure to practice and review the plan twice a year.
o Be informed - Get to know the types of disasters and other emergencies that may occur where you live, learn, work and play and how to respond as safely as possible. Find out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information.
Ways to prevent illness and clean up after a disaster:
o Evaluate home safety. Report downed power lines and gas leaks, inspect foundations and roofs, keep electricity off and have a professional inspector clear the home before entering.
o Clean and disinfect the home and dry any excess moisture. Excess moisture left behind will fuel the growth of mold, which can be a health risk for you and your family. It’s important to get non-porous surfaces dried and disinfected quickly.
o Remembering these simple health and safety tips to help prevent illness in the aftermath of a natural disaster:
- Keep your hands clean, either by washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer
- If you feel feverish, see a doctor immediately
- Eat healthy foods and drinks lots of clean water
- If water supplies are compromised and you are unable to boil water for one minute (three minutes at high elevation), you can create potable water by using un-scented disinfecting bleach such as Clorox. You can also use bleach to clean non-porous surfaces in your home. For specific details visit: to download the preparedness guide.
For more information on natural disaster preparedness, visit and


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