Red Cross: Emergency preparedness kits are important during monsoon season


Monsoon season in full swing causing a lot of rain to fall across the valley this week. Some roadways have even flooded. 

Wagonwheel Drive and U.S. 95 has been a hot spot this week for moving water.  Over 3-feet of water in the area forced the southbound of U.S. 95 to shut down at College Drive.

Several cars stalled out in the water.  On Friday, the Red Cross spoke out encouraging families to be prepared and organized in case of an emergency; that includes creating and practicing a household plan with known evacuation routes and building an emergency preparedness kit.

“Which has water, non-perishable food, and items like that so you can grab it and go to, if need be, a shelter which is typically what we would provide in an emergency,” said Cythia De La Torre, American Red Cross of Southern Nevada.  “The red cross opens shelters, evacuation centers, things like that.”

The Red Cross also wants to remind everyone that homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so homeowners will need to get flood insurance separately.

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