The American Red Cross is helping people stay safe during National Preparedness Month by offering free virtual workshops throughout September.

The goal is to get people thinking and prepared for what they would do in an emergency before one happens. 

The three main steps people should follow are:

  1. Get a Kit
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Be Informed

An emergency kit should include things like a gallon of water per person, non-perishable food, a flashlight and a battery-powered radio. People should also have items ready for infants and pets.

"It's so important to think about these things before an emergency," said Matt Trotter, Red Cross of Kansas and Oklahoma regional communications director. "When you have a clear head, you can think about the things that you need, you can put them all together in one place and just grab it and go when an emergency happens."

Trotter said people can put together their emergency kit piece by piece so it's not as overwhelming, just making sure to get it ready so it can be used at a moment's notice.

Staff are hopeful people can learn these tips and even more through the virtual workshops.

"It's a little different hearing the information instead of just, you know, reading it from the website or something like that and it really puts into perspective that building your emergency kit, making a plan, they don't have to be these really time consuming things, you know, you can make your emergency kit piece by piece," Trotter said.

The virtual workshops are happening every Wednesday and Thursday through September from noon to 1 p.m. To attend, go to the American Red Cross Kansas Facebook page.