Ways to make sure your family is prepared for an emergency
10:45 AM, Nov 17, 2010
11:49 AM, Dec 7, 2010
TULSA - Help protect your family against potential weather disasters and
emergency situations by compiling an emergency supply kit.
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This
means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient
quantity to last for at least three days.
According to FEMA, local officials and relief workers will be on
the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone
immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take
In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water,
sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a
week or longer.
The kit can be assembled over a five-month period on a weekly
basis. Perishable items should be changed or replaced every six
The Weather Channel suggests including essentials such as a
battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, and water.
A sufficient amount of food is also an important part of the
kit. According to FEMA, a minimum three-day supply of
non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration or preparation
and little or no water is a good amount to include.
A first aid kit is important in the event of an emergency.
Also, be sure to stash any non-prescription medicines, pet
supplies, and baby supplies away in an emergency kit as well.
This kit could be key to you and your family's survival in the
unlikely event of an emergency, severe weather, or natural
disaster. So be prepared, and plan ahead.