Tonawanda News — Emergencies happen all the time and it’s impossible to know when a disaster may strike. In an effort to not only prevent emergencies, but also to help families create a plan if there is an issue, the American Red Cross, partnering with the East Hill Foundation, will host a Family Preparedness Event on Saturday.
“As part of our mission we try to help with prevention and preparedness as much as we actually respond to emergencies to make a more resilient community,” said Jay Bonafede, Chief Communications Officer with the Western New York chapter of the American Red Cross.
“We’re going to have some good fire safety tips, free giveaways and safety activities for the whole family. The North Tonawanda Fire Department will be there doing stuff, so will the police department, they’ll be showing people how to properly install safety seats.”
The event will focus heavily on teaching all members of the family the importance of having a plan before an emergency happens. They’ll also be giving out fire and carbon monoxide detectors as well as fire extinguishers.
According to Mark Dashner, director of Chapter Services for Red Cross, Ken Hansen, president of the Amanda Hansen Foundation, will also be on site to inform attendees of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Red Cross believes there are three things families should do before an emergency happens, Have a kit ready, make a plan and get informed. In the first three months of 2014 alone they responded to 12 fire related deaths.
“There will be a fire extinguisher demo and also a smoke room which mocks what happens when a house fills with smoke,” Dashner said. “In addition the Red Cross will talk about how to be prepared in the home and build an escape plan and a family emergency kit, and what the kit should have in it.”