Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - OPINION -

FOR many of us it’s un­think­able, un­til it hap­pens, and then it’s too late.

We all face emer­gen­cies, as large as a bush­fire or as per­sonal as a med­i­cal cri­sis. They can all be dev­as­tat­ing. Dur­ing Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Week, Red Cross en­cour­aged read­ers to take one easy step to make the next emer­gency less stress­ful.

These are sim­ple and prac­ti­cal steps you can take to pro­tect the peo­ple you love, your own well­be­ing and the things you value most.

Easy things to help you pre­pare in­clude:

Think about be­ing in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and how you might re­act. This will help you stay calmer and re­spond bet­ter when an emer­gency hap­pens.

Find out where to get im­por­tant disas­ter in­for­ma­tion, such as your lo­cal ra­dio emer­gency broad­caster. This means you’re bet­ter in­formed when an emer­gency hap­pens.

Get to know your neigh­bours. They’re the peo­ple who might sup­port you and look out for you when an emer­gency hap­pens.

For more easy things to do, get your Red Cross RediPlan at­­pare. LINDA CRUMLIN, Di­rec­tor, Red Cross

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