Local Red Cross Reflects on Sept. 11

By: Laura Rogers Email
By: Laura Rogers Email

When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is often the first place people turn to.

Hurricanes, floods, fires--you name it and the Red Cross is there to help.

But the horrific events of September 11 were like none it had faced before.

We talked to our local Red Cross chapter about the lessons learned from that terrible day.

The American Red Cross is a symbol of patriotism, hope and survival.

"The Red Cross has really done a great service to help people prepare for disasters and events similar to 9/11," explained Jennifer Capps, with the American Red Cross.

September 11 brought a new awareness to the importance of being prepared in the case of terrorist attacks and other emergencies.

"The American Red Cross, like most organizations, was not prepared for it. No one could have expected what happened that morning," Capps added.

Since then, the Red Cross has taken great strides to support the victims.

"About $150,000 came through our local chapter here," Capps continued.

That money helped make up more than a billion dollars the Red Cross collected across the country.

"When something like this happens, the American people show up in droves to contribute and give any way they can," Capps assured.

September is National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross says to be Red Cross ready.

The Red Cross offers safety tubes and inside you'll find a face mask, light, whistle and even water.

Families should keep disaster preparedness kits in their home filled with flashlights,
first-aid, duct tape and other essentials.

"You never know when you'll need to evacuate immediately or shelter in place for several days," Capps admitted.

You can also pick up literature from the Red Cross about terrorism, helping children cope with disaster and emergency food and water supplies.

"I think the public's more aware that they need to be prepared for disasters," Capps said.
When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is often the first place people turn to.

Hurricanes, floods, fires--you name it and the Red Cross is there to help.

But the horrific events of September 11 were like none it had faced before.

We talked to our local Red Cross chapter about the lessons learned from that terrible day.

The American Red Cross is a symbol of patriotism, hope and survival.

"The Red Cross has really done a great service to help people prepare for disasters and events similar to 9/11," explained Jennifer Capps, with the American Red Cross.

September 11 brought a new awareness to the importance of being prepared in the case of terrorist attacks and other emergencies.

"The American Red Cross, like most organizations, was not prepared for it. No one could have expected what happened that morning," Capps added.

Since then, the Red Cross has taken great strides to support the victims.

"About $150,000 came through our local chapter here," Capps continued.

That money helped make up more than a billion dollars the Red Cross collected across the country.

"When something like this happens, the American people show up in droves to contribute and give any way they can," Capps assured.

September is National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross says to be Red Cross ready.

The Red Cross offers safety tubes and inside you'll find a face mask, light, whistle and even water.

Families should keep disaster preparedness kits in their home filled with flashlights,
first-aid, duct tape and other essentials.

"You never know when you'll need to evacuate immediately or shelter in place for several days," Capps admitted.

You can also pick up literature from the Red Cross about terrorism, helping children cope with disaster and emergency food and water supplies.

"I think the public's more aware that they need to be prepared for disasters," Capps said.

And being prepared is the best thing you can do.

The Red Cross also has disaster volunteers who meet monthly.

To find more information on National Preparedness Month, click here.

And being prepared is the best thing you can do.

The Red Cross also has disaster volunteers who meet monthly.

To find more information on National Preparedness Month, click here.

You can get a jump on developing your emergency plan with the step-by-step instructions at www.ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov.


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