The American Red Cross delivered a disaster preparedness presentation for Newark residents at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Monday night.
The event taught approximately 15 attendees how to be Red Cross ready during a tornado, hurricane, fire and flood. It was organized by New Castle County Councilwoman Lisa Diller, who represents the Newark area.
Joe Miller, a Red Cross volunteer, conducted the training session. He informed the audience about the three major actions needed for emergency preparedness: making a plan, getting a kit and staying informed. He urged everyone to include children, grandchildren and pets in their plans and to know where loved ones spend most of their time.
“It’s very important to know what to do and where to go,” Miller said. “With weather, anything can happen.”
People should prepare a kit to meet their own needs for three to 14 days, he said. Kits should include a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a can opener, first aid kit, medicine, hygiene and sanitation supplies, blankets, sturdy gloves and extra clothes, glasses and toiletries.
In the event of a weather emergency, people should understand the difference between a “watch” and a “warning” for tornadoes and hurricanes and between a flood and flash flood, as well as what precautionary measures to take once a storm has passed, Miller said.
Jim and Jean Dunson attended the event with hopes of gaining more knowledge on being prepared for a weather disaster.
“We’ve heard a lot of these things in bits and pieces,” Jean Dunson said. “It’s good that they’ve put it all together so we can have better understanding.
“We are very grateful for the Red Cross and all that they do,” she added.
Jim Dunson said they have a partial safety kit that contains water, canned food and an EM radio.
“The last couple of years we’ve had strong gusts of wind, he said. “We know it (a weather disaster) can happen.”
For more information about disaster preparedness, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-777-6620 or visit www.redcross.org/delmarva.