A: You shouldn’t duck this subject until you’re dealing with the threat or the aftermath of a tornado, earthquake, flood or fire. In the hurried confusion, you’re likely to miss important items as you prepare your home or leave to seek shelter.
Planning is key. Your first defense is a disaster supply kit in an easily accessible place. You can store the kit in a footlocker or other sturdy container, plus small kit in car.
Think about an escape route both from your home and the roads around it. Know where to go in an emergency. Set up a place to meet in case the family gets separated.
Here’s a list of other items for your kit: a small tool kit that contains a pair of pliers or other tools needed to shut off a home’s gas and water and turn off electricity, duct tape, a week’s worth of prescription drugs, a first aid kit with basic over-the-counter drugs, a three-day supply of clean water — a gallon per person per day, a three-day supply of food. Canned vegetables and fruit, packaged crackers, granola bars and other dry foods are best. (Don’t forget food and water for pets.) A mechanically powered diode flashlight (never requires batteries), candle, mechanically powered portable radio and extra batteries sealed in a plastic bag to keep them dry, two-way walkie-talkies or CB radio, matches in a waterproof container, heavy-duty gloves, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and a few personal hygiene items.
For more information, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
Information provided by Medicap Pharmacy, www.medicap.com.