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Prepare for foul weather: ready a home emergency kit

By Miriam Hodgman

emlogoWashoe County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security reminds residents what to do to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Washoe County Emergency Management distributes personal preparedness tips to help people prepare by making emergency kits, emergency plans and staying informed and getting involved.

“If we could get every citizen to make a plan, assemble a kit and stay informed, we would have a much safer region,” said Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston.

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 ready-made 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/.

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