ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural disasters have become a frequent and destructive reality for millions of people across the country. Last year, our country endured an unimaginable season of catastrophic hurricanes and wildfires that ravaged countless homes, communities, and lives.
"Disasters can wreak havoc on communities and cause financial and emotional strain," said Jeff Jellets, disaster coordinator for The Salvation Army. "Our hope is to provide useful tips and tools to help families prepare for the unthinkable."
- Create an emergency plan – Outline where you will meet if separated and how you will reconnect; make a list of organizations that provide shelter and food; and follow practical home safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit – Include items such as water, nonperishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, matches, a power pack, a dust mask, gloves, prescriptions, eyeglasses or contacts, and photocopies of identification documents.
- Learn lifesaving skills – Get certified in CPR and first aid.
- Check your insurance policies – Have coverage for hazards you may face in your area.
- Connect with an existing agency – Become familiar with local organizations trained in disaster response and relief, or see if your area supports a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
To learn more about preparing for disasters all year long, go to ready.gov.
Learn more about our work and receive news alerts from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services at Disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 135 years in the United States. More than 24 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. During times of disaster, 100 percent of designated donations are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
SOURCE The Salvation Army