What you need to know about preparedness

Hilary Anderson, American Red Cross Preparedness and Resiliency Manager, shares advice on what everyone needs to know about preparedness
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What you need to know about preparedness

There are two really important things I like to enforce when I'm teaching people about preparedness. The first one is that preparedness doesn't have to be expensive. I know it sounds like you need a lot of things, and truth is, there are a lot of things in terms of getting prepared, but the brilliant and beautiful thing about getting ready before the emergency is that you can advocate for the cheapest or the most efficient way of building your kit. Assess what you already have; odds are, you do have some things rolling around in some drawers, backs of cupboards--plan now, save yourself some money, and make sure that you're getting the best things that you possibly need for you. The internet is a great resource for making sure you get the best products, the cheapest prices, the most amount out of your dollar, to make sure that you and your family are prepared. Check it out. Advocate. Make sure that you're ready. When you start to learn about preparedness, what I find is that I'm not teaching people a whole lot that they didn't already know. In fact, hopefully I'm reminding them about a lot of things that they already learned, and just giving them the motivation--the reminder--to go take that step now--because life is busy, because lots of things pile up and keep us from getting our everyday tasks done--but you can make a difference by taking a single step today, another tomorrow, and a few weeks from now, you and your family are ready for an emergency. Do what you already know; maybe I'll teach you something new, but take a step, no matter what, and next time, you'll be ready. Here's what we know about emergency preparedness: People are convinced by rational, but they're motivated to take a step by emotional. If you knew that taking a step--a CPR class, getting some extra water--could make a huge difference in the lives of those you love, even just yourself, would you take that step? If you're watching this video then I know that you would. Odds are, in the next disaster, you are going to be a first responder, whether you like it or not--so get that information, prepare yourself, and take a step. Be prepared.

Hilary Anderson, American Red Cross Preparedness and Resiliency Manager, shares advice on what everyone needs to know about preparedness


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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. 

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