September is National Preparedness Month

Every second counts in an emergency, so it is important to have a game plan. This September, as part of National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross and Red Heart encourage everyone to develop a plan.

First Aid Kit

LW5129 Red Heart Cares Knit First Aid KitEach family should have a First Aid kit in your home and in your car. Gather your supplies, then put them in a case so they are all together. You can crochet or knit a case with a classic red cross on the outside so visitors and babysitters will know exactly where to go for supplies. Some recommended items to include in the kit are:

  • 25 adhesive bandages (various sizes)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packs
  • 2 packets of aspirin
  • 2 pairs of nonlatex gloves
  • Oral thermometer
  • Tweezers

See the full list from the Red Cross.

Disaster Preparedness

Do you have a plan for an emergency or a disaster? The plan can range from small to large. For example:

  • A common meeting point for everyone in case of a house fire
  • Where you should take shelter in case of a tornado
  • Likely evacuation routes in case of a flood or wildfire

Learn what kinds of disasters are likely in your area, and make plans for them. If you’re in the middle of the country hurricanes are not something to worry about, but flooded rivers may be.

Besides your first aid kit, keep a disaster preparedness kit ready. It should be a place that is easy to get to, in case you need to leave in a hurry. If you’re at home in a power outage and storm, or evacuating, you’ll want to know exactly where the supplies are. Some of the items to include are

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (battery or hand-crank)
  • First aid kit
  • Regular medications for members of your family
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Blankets
  • Pet supplies
  • Extra clothing, especially winter clothing such as hats and mittens
  • Entertainment (books, games, yarn and hooks/needles)

See the full list from the Red Cross.

How are you preparing for a disaster? Share your recommendations in the comments below.


3 thoughts on “September is National Preparedness Month

  1. Lynn H.

    Why are the blankets white every year? I noticed this last year as well. I know you want the symbol of the Red Cross on them but couldn’t they be tan or another color? I think white would get dirty really easily after a disaster such as flood, fire or tornado where cleaning up is still going on. I have knit relief blankets in the past but don’t want to get involved in this project as this is just not practical. Seems like publicity for Red Cross and Red Heart more than actual help.

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Lynn, Thanks for your question! The Red Cross requested that these blankets be white. All of the yarns are machine-washable and dryable, so if they get dirty they can easily be cleaned.

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