Do you have an Emergency Disaster Kit ready?

It’s storm season in the Plains!  Are you prepared for an Emergency?  Do you have a small kit in your car?

It’s good to periodically check over what we have in store. Since natural disasters occur unexpectedly and can affect any one of us, it is wise to be prepared.  Some things we can do in advance of a disaster include planning where to meet if family members get separated, and who you will notify of your whereabouts. 

  • What can you put together easily?

The following is a list of basic supplies you may want to put in your Emergency Kit:Water– One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitationFood– At least a three day supply of non-perishable foodBattery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio, with extra batteriesfor both.Waterproof flashlight and extra batteriesFirst Aid KitWhistle to signal for helpDust mask– to help filter contaminated air and 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 utilitiesCan opener for food (if kit contains canned food)Local mapsCell phone with chargersBlankets, heavy shoes

Additional Items to consider:

Prescriptions and glassesInfant formula and diapersPet food and extra water for your petImportant family documents in a waterproof containerCashFirst aid bookSleeping bag for each personComplete change of clothingFeminine hygiene itemsToilet paperMatches in a waterproof containerPaper and pencilMess kits, paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils, paper towels. Many may decide to make an even more extensive cache, it’s up to each family.  But whatever you do, make sure you rotate any canned goods regularly.  Check expiration dates to be sure everything stays fresh and edible.  You may opt to put together a smaller kit for the car.   Whatever you do, help your family to STAY PREPARED!Source: www.ready.gov

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