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Disaster Training Calendar
Corresponding with the governments
color-coded system, the Red Cross has tailored specific
emergency readiness information for families,
individuals, schools, neighborhoods and businesses
relating at each of the five threat levels. These Red
Cross Recommendations for the Homeland Security Advisory
System are available for the public at www.redcross.org
Each level of the Red Cross
recommendations includes completing the identified
actions at the lesser threat levels. Being alert to
suspicious activity and reporting it to authorities,
along with taking a Red Cross CPR/AED and first aid
course, are recommended throughout the system. Specific
to todays announcement, the following is a summary
of recommended actions for Orange and lower
Review your Personal Disaster
Ensure your Disaster Supplies Kit
is stocked and ready.
Develop alternate routes to and
from work or school and practice them.
Exercise caution when traveling.
Have shelter-in-place materials
on hand and review the procedure in Terrorism:
Preparing for the Unexpected, a Red Cross
If a need is announced, donate
blood at blood collection center (1-800-GIVE LIFE).
Prior to volunteering, contact
blood collection agency to determine their needs.
Review Family Disaster Plan with
all family members.
Check items in your Disaster
Supplies Kit and replace items that are outdated.
If not known to you, contact your
childs school to determine their emergency
notification and evacuation plans.
Ensure the emergency
communication plan is understood and practiced by
all family members.
Discuss childrens fears
concerning possible terrorist attacks.
Check on neighbors who are
elderly or have special needs to ensure they are
okay. Review their disaster plan with them.
If a need is announced, contact
nearest blood collection agency and offer to
organize a neighborhood blood drive.
Review the schools
emergency plan that was developed using the Red
Cross Emergency Guide for Business and Industry.
Ensure all emergency supplies are
stocked and ready.
Offer Masters of Disaster Facing
Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism
and Tragic Events lessons in grades K-12.
Prepare to handle inquiries from
anxious parents and media.
Review the emergency plans,
including continuity of operations and media
materials on hand.
Ensure that the emergency
communication plan is updated and includes the
purchase of needed emergency equipment as
detailed in the Red Cross Emergency Management
Guide for Business and Industry.
Determine any need to restrict
access to the business or provide private
security firm support/reinforcement.
Contact vendors/suppliers to
confirm their emergency response plan procedures.
If need is announced, contact
nearest blood collection agency about organizing
a blood drive.
To download the full versions
of the Red Cross Recommendations for the Homeland
Security Advisory System, visit http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/hsas.html
, where you can also find a wide variety of
free publications in a variety of languages to
help citizens prepare for terrorism and natural
disasters. To donate blood or host a blood drive
at your business, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
Governed by volunteers and
supported by community donations, the American
Red Cross is a nationwide network of nearly 1,000
chapters and Blood Services regions dedicated to
saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare
for and respond to emergencies. Led by 1.2
million volunteers and 30,000 employees, the Red
Cross annually mobilizes relief to families
affected by more than 67,000 disasters, trains
almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and
exchanges more than a million emergency messages
for U.S. military service personnel and their
families. The Red Cross is the largest supplier
of blood and blood products to more than 3,000
hospitals across the nation and also assists
victims of international disasters and conflicts
at locations worldwide.
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