“This year we decided to turn the tables around and ask the people if they really feel prepared,” said Lee Vanessa Feliciano, regional executive director of the American Red Cross Caribbean Region. “Through this introspection, families can make some time to meet and together come up with a family preparedness plan.”
Some of the questions that ARC encourages families to ask are: “In case we are separated during an emergency, what are the two places we should meet?” and “For how many days should I prepare my emergency preparedness kit?” among others.
To help families to better prepare for disasters, volunteers and staff of ARC VI will be present to disseminate information to the public in the following locations on St. Croix and St. Thomas:
St. Croix: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at Plaza Extra Supermarket – West
St. Croix: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at Sunny Isles Shopping Center
St. Thomas: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at Plaza Extra Supermarket
St. Croix: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, June 4, at Housing Expo 2016 at Sunshine Mall
People can learn more information about hurricane preparedness at redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane and should also download the free Red Cross Emergency App to select up to 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts on their mobile device. The content includes expert guidance on what to do before, during and after different emergencies or disasters from home fires to hurricanes.
All Red Cross apps can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps. For more information about disaster preparedness or about the American Red Cross of the Virgin Islands, call 774-0375 (St. Thomas office) or 778-5104 (St. Croix office).