AZ Red Cross in TX says we can all learn from the disasterPosted: Updated:
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)
First aid kit - Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
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
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)
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
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Household liquid bleach
Blankets or sleeping bags