Thursday, September 1, 2011

This is National Preparedness Month – Are You Ready?

September is National Preparedness Month! 

As thousands of people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, National Preparedness Month, which starts today, is an opportunity to remind people of the importance of being ready for emergencies and steps that they can take

The three key steps to preparedness are Build a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

For the first day of preparedness month we'll focus on building a 72 hour kit!

An emergency preparedness kit should include enough supplies for at least three days. Supplies should include;
  • Water (one gallon, per person, per day),
  • Nonperishable food,
  • A flashlight, 
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, 
  • Extra batteries
  • A first aid kit,
  • A 7-day supply of medications,
  • A multi-purpose tool, 
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items 
  • Copies of important personal documents.

The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home. A variety of emergency preparedness kits, first aid kits and other supplies are available at

What's in your 72 hour kit?..

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