People everywhere are feeling the impacts of climate change with more frequent and intense weather events threatening our communities and the American Red Cross Serving Nebraska ( urges everyone to get ready for these emergencies now.

Just last year, more than 40% of Americans were living in a county struck by a climate-related disaster, according to analysis from The Washington Post. Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime. You can be ready by visiting

Three simple steps can help to keep your family safe during disasters:

1) Get a Kit—Build your emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, and a battery-powered radio. Don’t forget to add copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, blankets, and emergency contact information.

2) Make a Plan—Make a plan for what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency, and what to do if you have to evacuate.

3) Be Informed—Stay informed by finding out what emergency situations may occur where you live, work, and go to school, how local officials will contact you during a disaster, and how you will get important information, such as evacuation orders.

The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. For more information, visit or call 1-(800) RED-CROSS.