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Fall 2019  Volume 15, Number 3        
 

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Although people in the U.S. are better prepared today for an emergency than several years ago, only 43 percent of respondents in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 2017 National Household survey said they had taken at least three of the actions listed below to prepare for a potential emergency.

According to FEMA, three main things are essential: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

Everyone should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of some basic items that every emergency supply kit should include.

Every household needs:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust 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 utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Also, take into account where you live and the unique needs of yourself and your family to tailor an emergency supply kit that will meet your specific needs. Also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits at your workplace, vehicle or anywhere else you spend a lot of time.

To download the list and get additional tips for preparing for emergencies from FEMA visit https: //tinyurl.com/jzqeqaq

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