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American Red Cross and Jamie Lee Curtis Launch “Do More Than Cross Your Fingers” Public Awareness Campaign to Prepare People for Emergencies


New Red Cross Research Shows Only 12% of Americans Are Really Ready for an Emergency

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2009 — A new survey shows that while about half of Americans have experienced a significant emergency, many people still are not ready for the unexpected because they do not know what to do. To help people take needed preparedness steps, the American Red Cross is launching a new Do More Than Cross Your Fingers public awareness campaign.

The new campaign, which features actress Jamie Lee Curtis as a spokesperson, seeks to promote personal preparedness and includes an interactive website ( that guides visitors through user-friendly emergency preparedness games and activities.

“We all cross our fingers for luck, but when we’re facing life’s emergencies, it’s easy to do a little more,” said Curtis, who is a longtime advocate of preparedness and member of the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet.

“People know how important it is to be ready for an emergency, but they often don’t prepare because it’s too daunting, they don’t know where to start or they do not have the time,” said Scott Conner, Red Cross Senior Vice President for Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. “This campaign was created to give people an easy starting point so they can feel more confident about the safety of their loved ones in an emergency.”

A Red Cross survey conducted in late July and early August showed that 51 percent of Americans have experienced at least one emergency situation where they lost utilities for at least three days, had to evacuate, could not return home or communicate with family members or had to provide first aid to others.

The Do More Than Cross Your Fingers campaign teaches individuals that going just a little further in their preparedness efforts can make all the difference when the unexpected occurs. For more information about the Do More than Cross Your Fingers campaign visit

This research was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Red Cross between July 24 and August 7, 2009 among 1306 U.S. residents aged 18 or older, including an over-sample of 487 mothers of children under 18 weighted appropriately into the general population sample. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available.

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