BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — September is National Preparedness Month and as Florida residents are preparing for Hurricane Dorian, officials suggest being proactive in case of an emergency occurs.
American Red Cross officials encourages everyone to take three action steps to get prepared:
1. BUILD A KIT - Put together an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in the car or to work. Include items such as water, non-parishable foods, flashlights with batteries, a battery-powered radio, first-aid kits and medicine.
Officials suggest one gallon of water per person per day for at least 72-hours.
2. MAKE A PLAN - Discuss with family and friends about what to do if an emergency occurs. Plan what to do and where to meet if you get separated - one outside of your home in case of an emergency such as a fire. Another outside of your neighborhood in case you need to evacuate.
3. BE INFORMED - Know what kind of emergency situations may occur where your live, work and go to school. Officials suggest getting trained in CPR/AED and First Aid. Don't forget pets.
Officials suggest signing up for READY KERN.
Click here if you want to learn more about the American Red Cross Kern County.