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Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
Kris Boulton Phone: (501) 303-5672Email: email@example.com
Connect with Saline County FCS agent Kris Boulton.
Is your family ready in the event of a natural disaster?
I started thinking about emergency preparedness. There was a time when many families
went for three weeks without electricity, water, etc. after a natural disaster. What
if a storm or tornado kept you from getting to the store or you were without electricity
for several days or even weeks? Is your family prepared in the event of a natural
During the time of a disaster, there may be no access to food, drinkable water, and
power for days or weeks at a time. Since food and water truly are necessary for life,
planning for them in the face of pending disasters makes a lot of sense. Most sources
recommend a minimum of three days up to a three-week supply of nonperishable food
and water for each member of the family.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared
means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for several days. A
disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the
event of an emergency.
If you are preparing for several people is can get expensive quickly. After you look
at the list, plan to begin purchasing a few items that are needed each time you purchase
home supplies so the total cost does not come out of one shopping trip.
Go here for a list of needed emergency items for your kit
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster
supply kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel
A necessity of a basic emergency supply kit is to include the following items per
person in your family:
Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation).
In a disaster situation, it’s best to use bottled water if possible. Have at least
a three-day supply of water and store at least one gallon of water per person per
day. For a family of four that’s twelve gallons. A normally active person needs at
least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking.
Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
When deciding what to eat, planning is the key. Plan menus to include as much variety
as possible; three weeks’ worth of Vienna sausage, sardines, saltine crackers and
beans will get old quick. Make sure you have enough calories to enable you to do any
necessary work cleaning up after the disaster. Also, be sure to pack a manual can
After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:
Where will you keep all these supplies? Find a place in your home where you can keep
supplies handy. It may be a closet that you designate for emergency supplies, or a
part of a pantry. It may be an area of your safe room or storm shelter. Check the
supplies on a regular basis and rotate as necessary. That means checking the use by
date on the packaging and replacing those that are about to expire.
Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your
home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
Let’s hope a disaster does not happen in our area, but let’s be prepared in the event
one does occur.
Learn more about being prepared for emergencies.