MEDFORD, OR-- 85 percent of people in America are not prepared for a disaster. Allstate and the American Red Cross want to decrease that percentage. That's why they teamed up for Disaster Preparedness Week that started Monday.
People like Janet Johnston at Allstate today weren't looking at insurance. They were preparing for a disaster. Johnston says, "it's helping me feeling a little bit more secure about it."
Local Allstate Agencies are handing out disaster preparedness kits to help families prepare for wildfires or flooding. 2,000 kits in Oregon will be handed out.
Christi Maclaren the Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for the American Red Cross in Southern Oregon says, "being prepared is one of the best things you can do for your family." Today she sat down with Newswatch 12 and looked at the disaster preparedness kits Allstate is handing out. She says, "you want to be able to be self sufficient for a specific amount of time."
James Nolan is the owner of an Allstate Agency in Medford handing out these kits. He says, "these kits are just to get people prepared. I would probably expand the first aide kit cause you'll probably need a little bit more then that."
If you aren't able to pick up one of these kits here's what the American Red Cross says some of the tools in your kit should be. Maclaren says, "have an emergency blanket. Whistles are important because in a disaster when you blow it three times it's the universal call for help." She also recommends setting up a plan with the family so if a disaster like a house fire happens everyone knows where to meet.
If you are wondering where you should keep your kit, it can go in a variety of places. Like your car, the kitchen or even at work. Johnston says she will probably keep it in her car. She says, "something like that so you can just grab it and go."
James Nolan only has 80 kits to hand out. If you want to pick one up you can stop by his agency again starting Tuesday. This is his address: 1046 Court St, Medford
Here is the complete list of what should be in your disaster preparedness kit:
1. Water (one gallon per person, per day)
2. Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)
3. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
5. First-aid kit
6. Whistle (to signal for help)
7. Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
8. Antiseptic and plastic garbage bags with ties (for sanitation)
9. Wrench or pliers
10. Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)
11. Extra batteries
12. Prescription medication(s)