As thousands of volunteers assist the relief effort in Texas, the American Red Cross is highlighting the importance of being prepared when disaster strikes.

The Southern Tier Red Cross Chapter joined Broome County Emergency Services to discuss Red Cross Preparedness Month recently.

All this month, the Red Cross is reaching out to the community to make sure people are prepared for natural disasters, fires, and other emergencies.

They suggest having a home evacuation plan, an emergency kit along with other tools to stay safe.

The Red Cross is currently helping to assist people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Southern Tier Chapter Executive Director Colleen McCabe says people from our area know what it’s like to have to clean up from flooding.

“We’ve seen a great outpouring of support from our community. So many people remember the floods of 2006 and 2011. They know what it’s like to live through something like that so they’re really willing to help,” said McCabe.

Around 14,000 Red Cross Volunteers have been deployed to Texas from our region.

The Red Cross is looking for more volunteers.

To become a registered volunteer, go to Red Cross dot org or call 607-785-7207.