Red Cross' 'Together We Prepare' event set for Saturday

  From Staff Reports
  To help area residents and their families be safer and better prepared to handle emergencies, Red Cross volunteers and staff from area chapters will host events at malls and businesses across the region for the TogetherWe Prepare event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. From putting together an emergency supply kit, to establishing a family communication plan, to getting trained in first aid, residents can learn how to get prepared and to be prepared.
  Bridget Hurt of the Carter County American Red Cross said the National Preparedness Month's goal was to create an overall culture of preparedness for homes, places of employment and schools.
  "Government officials know it is essential that preparedness be a partnership between the public and emergency response organizations," said Hurt. "TogetherWe Prepare-Saturday is an opportunity for us to work together with residents all across our region to emphasize the importance of being prepared."
  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the American Red Cross and other national organizations have launched National Preparedness Month to help Americans be prepared for emerging threats and disasters before they happen.
  TogetherWe Prepare focuses on getting families and neighborhoods prepared. Five basic steps can make a big difference in being prepared: make a plan, build a kit, get trained, volunteer and give blood -- all help make communities safer.
  These steps -- and other ways you can be ready for the unexpected -- will be available at the following area locations on TogetherWe Prepare Saturday, Sept. 18:
  Fort Henry Mall in Kingsport,10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  Wal-Mart of Tazewell, Tenn., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  Wal-Mart of Rogersville, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  Wal-Mart of Elizabethton, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  Bristol Mall, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  American Red Cross Blood Center, 315 N. State of Franklin Road, Johnson City -- 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  For more information about TogetherWe Prepare-Saturday, call your local Red Cross: Elizabethton, 542-2833. Or visit the Red Cross Web site at