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Be Red Cross Ready
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 • Posted May 6, 2009

The Hill Country Chapter of the American Red Cross, Kerrville, Texas reminds everybody that it is important to stay informed and adapt your plans and supplies to meet your personal needs in the event of an evacuation due to tornadoes and high winds for mobile homes, RVs and temporary trailers. By preparing ahead of time, you and your household can be ready for the unexpected and disaster safe.

BE SAFE- High winds can hit unexpectedly and destroy mobile manufactured homes, temporary trailers and RVs even if they are not in a direct storm path. Do not try to ride out a hurricane or sever storm in any of these structures, even if the structure is tied down or seems protected. Leave! Leave Early!

Protect your family's lives and property by taking action when sever storms threaten. Ahead of time:

• Learn now when to evacuate

• Decide now where you will go and how you will get there

• Listen to weather forecasts on the radio and TV for weather WATCH and WARNING announcements

Knowing what to do is the best protection for you and your family.

BEFORE A STORM THREATENS

Be sure your home is installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and all applicable state regulations. Make a plan with your family that covers what you and your pets will do and where your will go to stay safe. Gather supplies that you will need to act on your plan. Consider keeping a ten-day supply of food and water in your home and a three-day supply of food and water packed and ready in case you need to evacuate.

MAKE A PLAN

• Lean what types of severe storms may come where you live, work or go to school

• If you have special medical needs and may need assistance during an emergency, contact your local emergency management office now to learn about programs your community may have to assist you

• Keep a list of important telephone numbers by the phone

• Teach your children how and when to call for help

• Pick a place to meet outside your neighborhood in case your family is separated when disaster strikes and you cannot return home

• Ask an out-of-area friend to be the person everyone calls if the family is separated. This friend can help you reconnect with others and let them know that you are OK

• Make sure everyone, including children, has the address and contact information of the family contact with them at all times.

DOCUMENT YOUR PROPERTY

• Create an inventory of personal property, furnishings, clothing and valuables. Take photos of your home, its structure and contents

• Keep copies of your important documents in an emergency travel kit so you have it if you need to evacuate

• Label all personal and medical equipment with you name, address and phone number to help others identify and return any lost items.

The Hill Country Chapter of the America Red Cross serves the following counties: Blanco, Gillespie, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, and Sutton.

For more information on scheduling a disaster training class or if you would like for the Hill Country Chapter to make a disaster presentation to your church, club or group organization, please contact Mary Haney- Disaster Services Director, at 830-257-4677.

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