Staying safe: NY families to make free disaster prep kits

Posted: 5:41 AM, Aug 21, 2014
Updated: 2014-08-21 08:03:36-04

(PIX11) -- Research shows 85 percent of Americans are unprepared for disaster and nearly half lack emergency supplies for use in the event of a disaster.

But this weekend, hundreds of New York families can change that.

The Allstate Foundation and other crisis management organizations are offering the chance to build free disaster kits. The starter kits will include items proven to keep people safe and prepared, such as a whistle, trash bag, dust mask, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, water bottle, rain poncho and a battery-free flashlight.

It’s happening 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater in Eisenhower Park, located at 1899 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, NY.

After the kits are prepped, event-goers can attend a free K.C. and The Sunshine Band performance starting at 7 p.m.