Red Cross: Are you prepared?

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The American Red Cross is educating people for Disaster Preparedness Day. Saturday afternoon, volunteers set up at Lowe's and Wal-Mart locations in the six coastal counties to hand out information about disaster preparedness.

"There's always something out there," said Caroline Thompson.

Thompson is one of many Red Cross volunteers.

"People always think that they are prepared but often times, they really aren't," said Thompson.

Thompson and other volunteers are educating people about the importance of being prepared, not only for hurricanes, but for all emergencies.

"There are so many opportunities to assist people, especially in times of disasters," said Gena Crane.

Crane is also a volunteer for the Red Cross. She signed up three years ago when her family moved to South Mississippi from St. Louis.

She says the devastation on the Coast inspired her to get involved on a local level.

"We've had so many terrible disasters here in the area that it is helpful that people be aware," said Crane. "I think that one of the things I saw the most was that people would say, 'Oh yeah, we are in hurricane season. Yes, we need to start doing this. We need to start getting ready.'"

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