Sunday, January 09, 2011

Preparing for a Disaster - Emergency Supply Kit

Prepare a emergency supply kit - What this kit should include

A disaster defined is: A sudden event that causes great harm to people and property. This could include severe weather, such as tornados or hurricanes, snow events, ice storms or floods. Disasters can also include man-made events such as large fires that involve chemicals, transportation accidents either by rail or on the highway or terrorist activity. Regardless of how these events happen being prepared is key to your safety and survival.

Being prepared starts with talking to your family. Talk about the type of things that are likely to happen in southeast Michigan, such as tornados, ice storms, snow storms and the man made causes mentioned above.

Prepare a emergency supply kit. This kit should include:

-A three-day supply of non-perishable food and water.
-Flashlight with extra batteries.
-A battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
-A change of clothing for each family member.
-An extra set of car keys and a credit card.
-Personal needs such as, medication, extra glasses and sanitation needs.
-Important phone numbers of friends and/or relatives who may be able to help you.

Place the supplies in a container that you can take with you in the event of an emergency where you have to leave your home.

Sometimes during a disaster you or another family member may be out of town. Or emergency officials may ask you to leave your home. In either case you will need a meeting place other than your home. This should be a place outside your neighborhood or even in another state.

Wherever this place is, pick it before a disaster occurs and make arrangements with friends or relatives in case you need to stay there during or after a disaster.

Make sure each family member in your household knows where to meet and has a telephone number if it becomes necessary to leave your home, they can't get home or you become separated either during or after the disaster strikes. Remember your key to safety is to be prepared.

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