Preparing for Disaster through the Red Cross

Preparing for Disaster through the Red Cross

A Story by Eileen Dey

Preparing for disaster does not have to be overwhelming. You can cover the basics through a Red Cross class or take steps to put the following plan in action.


Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time.  In being prepared, we are better able to cope if and when they should happen.  The basics of disaster preparedness as the Red Cross recommends include the following:

1.  Have a Supply kit:  Water"one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) • Food"non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) • Flashlight • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) •Extra batteries • First aid kit • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items • Multipurpose tool • Sanitation and personal hygiene items • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) • Cell phone with chargers • Family and emergency contact information • Extra cash •Emergency blanket • Map(s) of the area.

2.  Make a plan:  Meet with family members and discuss what your evacuation plan would be.  Choose a non-emergency out of the area person as a contact in case your cell phone or local lines are blocked.  Brainstorm possible scenarios.

3.  Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.

4.  Have at least one person in your family learn basic first aid and CPR.

5.  Learn a self-soothing technique such as Reiki.  You can put it in your emergency kit, and have it ‘ready to go’ if you or someone needs a way to calm down, adjust from shock, etc. until medical help is available.

Disasters, by their very nature, are tumultuous events.  They cause disruption and destruction.  But if we are better prepared and aware, the impact can be much less.  These are changing times and require us to take a serious look at how we can cope with what may come our way.  Not out of fear, but with confidence in skills and resources.  This is where we start.

© 2011 Eileen Dey

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Added on March 14, 2011
Last Updated on March 14, 2011
Tags: red cross, red cross cpr class, disaster, natural disaster, reiki, disaster plan, reiki classes, japan


Eileen Dey
Eileen Dey

Seattle, WA

Eileen Dey, M.A., LMHC is an international traveler, Reiki master and counselor in private practice. She moved from New Jersey to Seattle where she founded and directs the only state certified voca.. more..