Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It's Never Too Late to Get Prepared

by Patricia Billinger

The best time to prepare for the worst is before a disaster or emergency strikes.
The next best time to get prepared? Immediately after a disaster has happened, when the importance of preparedness is still fresh in our minds.

As part of its ongoing mission to help people prepare for and prevent disasters and emergencies, the American Red Cross of Colorado is offering free preparedness trainings in several locations.

The workshops train attendees about tangible steps they can take to prepare for and mitigate the effects of a disaster – steps that can help them bounce back more easily should a disaster strike their home or neighborhood.

“We offer preparedness trainings year-round to help save lives and reduce the impacts of disaster, and we highly encourage Coloradans to sign up today,” said George Sullivan, Director of Preparedness and Resilience for the American Red Cross of Colorado. “We know that in the immediate aftermath of disasters, people are more likely to take action to get prepared, and we hope that Coloradans will act on this natural inclination to take steps to safeguard themselves and their communities.”

According to a 2012 Red Cross survey of Colorado residents, 43 percent of people who had taken steps to prepare themselves did so after hearing about a disaster in another community, and 21 percent took preparedness actions after experiencing a disaster in their own community.

“It’s not too late to get prepared – and it’s certainly never too early to start preparing for the next disaster or emergency,” Sullivan added.

To browse upcoming classes and sign up for a free training, visit


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