Meet "Disaster" and "Preparedness" -- two characters who will help you understand why you need to take personal responsibility to prepare yourself and your family for potential emergencies. Produced by the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee with funding support from the Kansas City Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee's Urban Area Security Initiative grant.
How can you keep mayhem to a minimum when disaster comes calling? Put together a simple emergency kit now.
Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for up to 72 hours following a disaster.
Do 1 Thing: Build a Kit
Small steps toward being prepared for an Emergency
Hurricanes, Blizzards, Ice Storms! New England residents are pretty resilient against some difficult weather scenarios, but any emergency, weather related or other, is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
An easy way to gather items to store away in a chosen space in your home is to Do 1 Thing a month. This month think about what you and your family would need in an emergency or weather event and put together enough supplies for 72 hours. Officials are stressing the importance of such supplies set aside as part of a family's overall disaster plan for shelter in place. Do you need to buy a kit? No, as many of the items are already in your home like a flashlight, and other items can be purchased in such stores as Dollar Tree, Walmart or Target.
But what if you need to quickly leave your home because of a fire or a medical emergency? Then it is also recommended to have a Go Bag ready for each member of the family with items specific to that member’s needs and don’t forget to create a Go Bag for the family pet too. Go Bags can be used for trips from going to the zoo to heading on a trip. Suggested items are first aid supplies, crank or battery operated flashlights, crank or battery operated radio, lightweight blankets, personal items such as toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, glasses, batteries for hearing aides, whistle and cards that say Need Help, change of clothing, baby supplies, nonperishable snacks and small games, coloring books etc.
Want to know more? Explore www.Ready.gov for ideas and activities for seniors, families and children or www.do1thing.com for more choices of things to do each month.
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