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Allstate offers free disaster preparedness kits and information for Tri-Cities families

With Washington’s 2018 wildfire season right around the corner, local Allstate agents, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will be giving away 4,500 disaster kits starting Monday, April 16, across Washington, Oregon and Idaho to better prepares families and communities for disasters of all kinds.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – With Washington’s wildfire season right around the corner, local Allstate agents are helping make communities prepared for disasters ahead of wildfire season.

Most people aren’t prepared for a disaster, so Allstate is joining forces with the American Red Cross to bring disaster preparedness to local communities.

This week is Disaster Preparedness Week and 45 agencies across Washington will be giving away free disaster prep kits and collecting supplies for disaster relief the week of April 16-April 21.

Allstate agents in Pasco and Kennewick are participating.

"So, 85 percent of households don't have any sort of plans in place when disaster hits,” said Jerad Groth, Pasco agency owner. “We're working to bring awareness to the community about what it means to be prepared for a disaster."

You can stop by the Pasco or Kennewick location and build your own disaster kit.

Allstate is also donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in future disaster relief efforts.

The Allstate Foundation recommends three important safety tips to help communities prepare for a disaster:

Step One: Build a disaster preparedness kit that contains these basic supplies:

  1. Water (one gallon per person, per day)
  2. Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)
  3. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  4. Flashlight
  5. First-aid kit
  6. Whistle (to signal for help)
  7. Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
  8. Antiseptic and plastic garbage bags with ties (for sanitation)
  9. Wrench or pliers
  10. Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)
  11. Extra batteries
  12. Prescription medication

For more information, download Allstate Foundation’s brochure on how you can prepare your family for a disaster. Resources are available in English and Spanish.

Step Two: Create a household emergency evacuation plan that includes the following information:

  1. Emergency contact names and numbers – mobile and landline
  2. Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region
  3. Personal details for each family member – birthdates, medical information, recent photos
  4. Addresses and phone numbers of places family members frequent – work, school
  5. Contact information for medical providers – doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian
  6. Important medical insurance information, including photocopies of your insurance card(s)

Step 3: Help your community prepare for a disaster.

The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your neighbors prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency. Contact your local Red Cross to learn more information on how to prepare your community for a disaster.

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