Firefighters and the Red Cross help prepare people for natural disasters and emergencies

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Are you prepared for a natural disaster or emergency? The Kern County Fire Department and the Red Cross Kern Chapter want to make sure you are.

September is National Preparedness Month and a big part of preparing for an emergency is having an emergency kit with the basic necessities.

“No one is ever 100 percent safe from a natural disaster. It should always be in your mind that disasters can happen at any time,” said Corey Wilford, Public Information Officer for the Kern County Fire Department.

That’s why the Kern County Fire Department is encouraging every person to prepare for an emergency now.

"We saw there was no warning for the fires. You don't know when a fire will break out. You don't know when you will be evacuated."

Wilford said the department wants everyone to have a 72 hour emergency kit. The kit should include things like non-perishable food, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first aid kit and all of your important documents.

"Keep them with you or in a security deposit at the bank,” explained Wilford.

There are also smaller kits like this one for one person. If you are alone you should have a kit for at least three days, but families should have enough supplies for two weeks.

"Get a kit. Make a plan be informed,” said Samantha Minks, Preparedness Coordinator with the Red Cross Kern Chapter.

“It's so easy to be prepared. Every time you go to store you can pick up one item for your kit. You know over dinner talk about an evacuation plan with your family and make sure to practice the plan,” said Amy Mayer, Volunteer Coordinator with the Red Cross Kern Chapter.

For more on information on emergency plans and preparing for disasters visit redcross.org 

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