For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. Aug. 29, 2013. September is National Preparedness Month and Washoe County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is reminding residents what to do to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Each week in September, Washoe County Emergency Management will distribute personal preparedness tips to help people prepare by making emergency kits, emergency plans and staying informed and getting involved.
“The recent wildfires and earthquakes reinforce the message that we all need to be prepared,” said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston. “And there are several easy steps we all can do that will help in the event of any emergency.”
Preparedness Tip #1: Make an Emergency Kit: An emergency kit is simply a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency. You can purchase a readymade kit or assemble your own at one of the large box stores. The items in this kit will be necessary if you will need to shelter-in-place or evacuate. Assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency and update it annually. Store supplies in easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffle bags. Include items such as:
- At least a 72-hour supply of water (1 gallon per person per day). Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
- At least a 72-hour supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food. Learn more about putting together an emergency stockpile with healthy food at: www.getreadyforflu.org/new_pg_advice_healthystockpile.htm.
- Non-electric can opener.
- Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes for every person in your household.
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
- First aid kit and prescription medications.
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
- Credit cards and cash.
- Extra set of car keys.
- List of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices.
- Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
- Don’t forget your pets. Include dry pet food, cat litter, medications and water.