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“The September Preparedness Month is a time to stop and think do we have an emergency plan? Have we assembled a kit? Are we doing the right things to stay informed," said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston. "If we could get every citizen to make a plan, assemble a kit and stay informed, we would have a much safer region."
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.
- 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.
For more information about building your emergency kit and to review preparedness tips, please visit http://www.readywashoe.com/ .