By Amanda Heersink | University Communications

AURORA, Colo. – Disasters, both natural and man-made, can affect anyone at any moment. Whether it is an intense wildfire or huge snowstorm, there are steps we can take to prevent and reduce damages to both property as well as the people living within your house.

Today at the Anschutz Medical Campus, American Red Cross Business Development Manager Troy Staples talked about steps everyone can take to better prepare their home and their lives for any disaster that may occur. Staples said, “You need to be trained to handle things at home before you can handle things at work.”

The general steps that should be taken to Be Red Cross Ready are to get a kit, to make a plan and to be informed. Staples added, “There are a lot of things people know they need but there are some things they would never think of.” Such examples are backing up important documents on a flash drive or on the Internet where they can be located if your house is destroyed, taking all the medication that you may need, and packing food/toys for children and animals.

Another big step is to have a specific meeting point(s) so that your entire family, and extended family, has a place to go in case communications are knocked out. You and your family also need to be aware of how to get information from authorities if those communication lines are down.

It’s a good idea to have all of your information with a relative out of state, said Staples, and in case the disaster area is larger than just your direct area.

Staples added, “In a disaster, it is a whole community effort, everyone needs to work together.”

Essi Ellis, assistant coordinator for the CU Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Emergency Preparedness, explained, “We want to get the word out about how to be prepared to everyone on both campuses.”

Overall, the basic steps to be prepared for any disaster are to talk, to plan, to learn, to tell and to practice. “Practicing is the best way to prevent unnecessary injuries or death,” Staples said.

If you missed today’s session, there’s a repeat scheduled for Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m.; Anschutz Medical Campus Education 2 North, Room 1102 Lecture Hall. Bring your lunch, it’s open to all.


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