Are You "Red Cross Ready?"

September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - In just days, the Nation will be recognizing the 10 year anniversary of 911, remembering the people lost and honoring those who were first on the scene, the emergency response crews. Now, the American Red Cross is reviewing their commitment to preparing and planning for emergency situations and natural disasters.

"We talk about September being national preparedness month and the interesting thing is that it's in light of the response Hurricane Irene and all the devastation we've see down state and in the wake of 10th anniversary of September 11th," Executive Director of the Erie County Red Cross Nancy Blaschak said.

As part of the initiative, the Red Cross is asking the public to keep preparedness in the forefront of their minds.

"It's important to have an emergency kit particularly thing hard to replace like medication," Blaschak said.

Although they said it starts with individuals and their families, the Commissioner of Erie County Emergency Services Greg Skibitsky said it take a community effort to make it work.

"It's a partnership. We are all in this together and if we help it each other it helps save lives and mitigate disasters," Skibitsky said.

Officials say everything from house fire to a natural disaster like hurricane Irene need emergency response crews so people must be prepared to help others in different areas of the state, country or across the world.

"Perfect example is Irene we're still deploying people to go down and help.

The Red Cross said pets are a big part of this emergency plan because they too could be in grave danger should a disaster strike.

"You need to build a kit with extra food, water, picture in case they get lost and an update of all the shots. They need everything you do. If it's not safe for you, it's not safe for them," Bonnie Kline said.