Red Cross Wants People to Be Prepared

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The American Red Cross has launched an online pledge for people to be prepared in case of an emergency.

The site is a part of National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross hopes many people sign up.

Those with the American Red Cross said there are three steps to being prepared for a disaster.

Get a kit, make a plan and be informed

The kit should have food, water, flashlights, and a radio. You should also have a place to meet with loved ones in case you're separated.

Also, make sure to be aware of what is happening in your area.

Raymond Watson, a disaster services manager with the Red Cross, said the worst thing is to not be ready when disaster strikes.

"You'll wish that you had some water, enough for you and your family. You'll wish you had enough food to stay in there until things are okay on the outside. You really just have to think in terms of the what if. What if this happens? Am I prepared?" said Watson. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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