AZ Red Cross in TX says we can all learn from the disaster

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Members of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross are assisting at the Texas plant explosion.

Trudy Thompson Rice is helping comfort and meet the daily needs of evacuees.

Many left home when the plant blew. Seventy-five homes were demolished or severely damaged.    Many others were forced to evacuate as a precaution.

Rice says many did not bring prescriptions, phone numbers, or anything else they need.

"A lot of these people didn't even have time to grab car keys. They just had to run when the fireball hit their home. Others asked to evacuate out of caution. They had a little bit of time. If they had a go-bag packed, that would've been useful to them," Rice told 3TV over the phone.

The Red Cross website lists the following information about being prepared to evacuate, whether it's a natural disaster like a wildfire or storm damage, or a house fire:

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

    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)
    Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
    Extra batteries
    First aid kit - Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
    Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
    Multi-purpose 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

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

    Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
    Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
    Games and activities for children
    Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
    Two-way radios
    Extra set of car keys and house keys
    Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

    N95 or surgical masks
    Rain gear
    Work gloves
    Tools/supplies for securing your home
    Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
    Plastic sheeting
    Duct tape
    Household liquid bleach
    Entertainment items
    Blankets or sleeping bags