Emergency evacuation planning tips

Hilary Anderson, American Red Cross Preparedness and Resiliency Manager shares advice for families on how to prepare your family for an emergency evacuation
Emergency Evacuation Planning - Emergency Preparation Tips
KidsInTheHouse the Ultimate Parenting Resource
Kids in the House Tour

Emergency evacuation planning tips

Comment
30
Like
30
Transcription: 
So...disaster happens, and you need to evacuate. Like we have two evacuation routes and two meeting places, we want to be planning for multiple routes. The way that you get to and from places you spend the most amount of time at during an emergency may not be available, open, or there might be road closures, so have multiple routes. I use my GPS for a lot of things now, but if that's not working, I have maps in the back of my car from AAA--it gives me the chance to navigate multiple routes to get to where I need to go. If where I'm going happens to be a shelter...The Red Cross is mandated to provide shelters in disaster--that's what we do--anyone can stay at a Red Cross shelter. While we will have food and a place for you to sleep, we will not necessarily have your medications or contact information and papers that are important to you. Prepping yourself for having to stay in a shelter...you want to have any important information that you and your family need, any medications that your family needs to take--you should have at least ten days' worth of medications on hand in your disaster kits--because doctors, pharmacies--those are not going to be readily accessible. At Red Cross shelters, you'll find food and a place to stay, but any additional items that you would want to have--comfort items for kids; that might be a comfortable toy or a blanket...Make life as comfortable as you possibly can because a shelter isn't home, but it might be a great place for you to stay after an emergency if you need it.

Hilary Anderson, American Red Cross Preparedness and Resiliency Manager shares advice for families on how to prepare your family for an emergency evacuation

Transcript

Expert Bio

More from Expert

Hilary Anderson, MA

American Red Cross

Hilary Anderson has been with the American Red Cross for the past three and a half years as a volunteer and staff member in positions with communications, disaster relief, development and volunteer services. As the Preparedness and Resiliency Manager, her primary responsibility is the delivery of educational programming across the Los Angeles region to get individuals, schools, businesses and organizations prepared for a disaster. As a dog owner, she also hopes to get your pets ready too! Hilary has a master’s degree in International Policy Studies with an emphasis in humanitarian assistance as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Journalism and German. She has worked for non-profits abroad in Israel, Bolivia and Germany focusing on grant writing, youth and education and also feeding and sheltering. 

More Parenting Videos from Hilary Anderson, MA >
Enter your email to
download & subscribe
to our newsletter