Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Are You Prepared?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated September as National Preparedness Month. What does this mean to you? It’s a great time to evaluate your readiness for emergencies and natural disasters.

A good way to start is to make an emergency supply kit, which may include these items:
• Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
• Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, and a can-opener if necessary)
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert (and extra batteries for both)
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit that includes sterile gloves, sterile dressings, cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes, antibiotic ointment, burn ointment, adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes, eye wash solution, a thermometer, and your prescription medications and prescribed medical supplies
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes/wipes and garbage bags
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records
• Cash or traveler's checks and change

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copyright Sara Long 2009

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