Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Are You Emergency Prepared?

Disasters or emergencies come unannounced. To plan for these unexpected events, it’s essential to be prepared before they strike. Having an emergency kit will put you ahead of the game. It is recommended to have supplies on hand to survive for at least three days. Some of these basic supplies include:

§  Water, one gallon per person and per pet each day for drinking and sanitation purposes
§  Non-perishable food
§  Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
§  Flashlight and extra batteries
§  First aid kit
§  Whistle to signal for help
§  Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
§  Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
§  Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
§  Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
§  Manual can opener for food
§  Local maps
§  Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
When organizing the food in your emergency kit, be sure to choose nutritious options. Avoid foods high in salt that will increase your thirst. Including protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat sources will help keep you full and energy levels up. Foods such as nuts, dried meat, whole grains, canned beans, fruits, or vegetables are all good options. Lastly, you should regularly check the expiration dates and condition of the foods in your kit. Be sure the canned foods are not dented or damaged. Store the food in a dry, cool place.
Some other items you may think about including in your kit may include:
§  Prescription medications and glasses
§  Infant formula or diapers
§  Pet food
§  Cash
§  Sleeping bag/blankets
§  Change of clothing
§  Matches
§  Fire Extinguisher