Ready in Red

Be Prepared for a Disaster!

You need to attend the Free Community Disaster Preparedness Fair - Ready in Red - hosted by the western Kentucky Chapter of the Red Cross. Its being held on September 9th from 10am to 2pm on the grounds of the new Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront Hotel.

Home or Community Disaster

Families across our region will be able to take part in activities designed to prepare individuals in the event of a home or community disaster. The first 200 families will be given their own free starter disaster preparedness kit when they attend.

You’ll learn how to be ready for a flood or disaster such as the experienced by New Orleans and Houston. Throughout the event there will be displays and demonstrations from area response agencies such as the Paducah National Weather Service, McCracken County Emergency Management, Paducah Fire Department and others.

Kids Can Ce Prepared Too!

There will be activities for kids to take part in so that they can become prepared family members.  Local meteorologist and science educator Jason Lindsey will be there bringing  his education program, Hooked on Science. He will provide experiments and fun learning moments.

Guest Celebrities

You’ll also get the chance to meet former Titan’s football player George Wilson and The Weather Channel’s Dr. Greg Forbes as we welcome them as special guests of the fair!

“One thing I believe wholeheartedly is that a community prepared is a community strong,” Jennifer Rukavina, WPSD Chief Meteorologist told me. “As our community grows and expands it’s important that we remember that disasters can strike at any time, and the better prepared we are, the more resilient we’ll be in recovery.”

Be a Sponsor

The local Red Cross chapter is still welcoming business sponsors for the event and can obtain more information concerning sponsor levels and event opportunities by contacting Jennifer Rukavina at

Need Help?

The western Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross provides disaster preparedness and response, and health and safety education to residents of western Kentucky, as well as assistance to families with members in the military. Led by volunteers, the western Kentucky Chapter responds to local disasters day and night, any day of the year.

For more information, including downloadable resources, regarding how individuals and families can prepare for disasters visit or contact the Western Kentucky Chapter at 270.442.3575.

Create a Disaster Emergency Kit

Share this website with your family and children: There you can find a library of weather articles for kids, games and quizzes, and how children can create their own disaster emergency kit.

Help Disaster Victims

All local Red Cross disaster assistance is made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of disasters by making a financial gift to the western Kentucky Chapter, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Contributions may be sent to the western Kentucky Chapter, 232 N. 8th Street, Paducah. Or, make a secure online credit card donations by visiting