If there was something you could do to protect your family, strengthen our community, and potentially save yourself time and money, would you do it? What if that andquot;somethingandquot; took only a few minutes and involved only three simple steps?

As the nation's partner in disaster and emergency preparedness, the American Red Cross has seen the difference that preparing ahead of time can make on a person's ability to respond to and recover from a disaster or first aid emergency.

We want you to have the confidence and peace of mind that comes with being prepared. So this September, the Red Cross invites you to join us as we celebrate National Preparedness Month with activities that help residents of Del Norte County get prepared.

The American Red Cross recommends three simple actions anyone can take to andquot;Be Red Cross Readyandquot; for disasters and other emergencies. They are 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan and 3) Be informed.

Our website: outlines the actions in a new online education module. This tool includes downloadable checklists as well as disaster-specific information, and preparedness tips for pets, seniors and people with disabilities. If you call (707) 464-2277, we have this information available as a brochure or community presentation.

Getting prepared doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. The American Red Cross can help.

Preparing for the unexpected has clear personal benefits. When everyone prepares, the benefits extend to our entire community. We hope you will do your part by taking three simple steps to andquot;Be Red Cross Readyandquot; this September.

Dave Bosteder

American Red Cross

Del Norte County Chapter