ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The City of Roanoke Emergency Management is teaming up with the American Red Cross Thursday to host a free seminar about how residents can be prepared during the first 72 hours of an emergency.
“To be able to say the first seventy-two hours you need to be self-sustaining, you need to be able to take care of your family, and you need to make sure that you are prepared should a disaster happen because it might take a little while for your first responders to get there,” says Tiffany Bradbury, a community risk reduction specialist for Roanoke Fire-EMS.
The event serves as a precursor to National Preparedness Month. Every September, cities across the country are committed to promoting family and community disaster and emergency planning throughout the year. With the flooding of the Roanoke River by Hurricane Michael last October, organizers say emergency preparedness is a huge priority for the city and they often like to work closely with other agencies like the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to always stay one step ahead.
Organizers say the biggest tip they have for families in order be self-sustaining during an emergency is to assemble an emergency kit. While kit may look different, they all should include the proper necessities like non-perishable food, a flashlight, and a gallon of water per person per day. Tiffany says emergency kits generally have thirty dollars worth of items and most of them can be bought at a dollar store, so they don’t have to be pricey.
“Get your whole family involved. I know my 9-year old, she would love to help me put something like this together. So get the family involved in things like that so hopefully, when we train them as children, they will grow up and remember it,” says Bradbury.
The event is set for Thursday, August 1st at the American Red Cross with two sessions at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.