Good living practices require knowledge and preparation. Staying informed can save lives. Unfortunately, natural and man-made disasters are inevitable. The harsh reality is it that disasters will occur; it is important to plan and be prepared “when” an emergency or disaster does occur.
You and your family may need to survive on your own without the assistance of others. In many cases you will need food, water and other supplies capable of sustaining you and your family for a minimum of three days.
It’s difficult for disaster relief and first response workers to be on a scene after a disaster. You may be without food, water, electricity, gas, sewage treatment, and phone service. In some cases, many of these necessities may not be available to you for weeks. Therefore, it is important for you and your family to plan; be fully prepared and stay informed.
Good Living Strategy
The United States Department of Homeland Security suggests citizens take the necessary steps to prepare for an emergency which includes natural disasters and terrorist attacks. They initiated the Ready Campaign for good living strategies and suggest citizens take three steps towards preparation and safety. First, prepare and maintain an emergency supply kit. Everyone should have basic supplies available when faced with an emergency or disaster. The following is a list of recommended items to include in a basic emergency kit:
- 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
- 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
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Good Living Suggestion
Individuals need to periodically review the above list of basic items and take into consideration where they live and his or her family requirements to make sure the emergency kit will satisfy their basic needs. Also worth considering is emergency kits for the vehicle, workplace and other places they spend their time.
For more detailed information on how to plan, prepare and stay informed visit the Ready.gov site at the following link: Ready.gov
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