With the recent tornadoes, storms, and power outages in our region, it has been a very busy year for Super RC. The Xenia-born supermanitarian has dedicated his life to spreading the message of preparedness throughout the world. Recently, Super RC took some time out of his hectic schedule to chat with the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross about life, preparedness, and what it means to Be Red Cross Ready.
Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross: Hi Super RC, how’s it going?
Super RC: It’s going great. I’m gearing up for a really great preparedness campaign with you guys. You know how passionate I am about preparedness and I’m very excited about all things you guys have planned to continue to push the message of preparedness.
GCDRC: Well, we will try to make this short and sweet…What is that enticed you to become involved with the Red Cross’s Preparedness campaign?
SRC: I have always admired the Red Cross’s commitment to community relief in all forms. But I’m especially dedicated to the their mission to provide proactive community disaster relief through preparedness education and campaigns. One of the reasons that natural disasters have such a devastating effect when they hit a community is that they are so unexpected that they can catch you off guard. I know that feeling; I have been there before. Being prepared for disasters will not necessarily eliminate that element of surprise, but it will help you to deal with a disaster when it comes. It’s like studying for a science test before you take it; you will always do better the more you know about what could be coming your way and the more you prepare for it.
GCDRC: What have you been up to lately?
SRC: Well, we have had a very busy year when it comes to local disasters. The weather has been so strange this year, so it has been interesting. We have had a lot of tornados, severe storms, fires, and power outages, so I have dedicated a lot of time to helping out people affected by these in the local area. You guys have been really great about getting help to those who need it during these disasters and I just help in any way that I can. I also have continued to my preparedness education efforts in the local community.
GCDRC: People say that you have perfect “disaster sense.” What does that mean and when did you discover this unique quality?
SRC: [laughs] I don’t know when that started, but it’s something that I have heard since I was a child. I think it means that I seem to always be ready for disaster to strike at any minute. I think because of this people think that I must have some sort of sixth sense that tells me when a disaster will strike. I will not comment on whether that is true or not [smiles and winks], but I will say that it does not take a superhero to be ready for disaster. Anyone can prepare for disaster in three simple steps: prepare a kit, make a plan, and be informed. That is the purpose of this entire campaign.
GCDRC: So, you won’t confirm or deny whether you have this “sixth sense?”
SRC: [smiles] The only thing that I will confirm is that anyone can prepare for disaster by preparing a kit, making a plan, and being informed.
GCDRC: Ok, so let’s move on…tell us a little more about the three steps to preparedness.
SRC: Basically, the Red Cross has made it very easy for people to make sure that they are ready for any potential disaster. First you need to prepare a kit. This kit will have basic supplies you and your household might need in case a disaster strikes. It includes basic necessities such as water, non-perishable food, a radio, and a first aid kit. Second, every household should have a plan that they have prepared ahead of time. This plan should be thoroughly prepared and discussed with all member of the household so that everyone knows what they should do in the event of an emergency. Finally, you should make sure that you are informed. You should be aware of the types of disasters likely to occur in your area, how local authorities will communicate with you during a disaster, and what actions you should take to protect yourself. Three basic actions that can make a huge difference.
GCDRC: Awesome. It has been great talking with you Super RC…any last words for our Red Crossers?
SRC: Yes. Remember, you don’t have to be a superhero to be super prepared. Big or Small, you can Prepare for it all J