October 18, 2005 --Posted at 5:30 a.m. CDT
Conway, AR -- Being prepared for a disaster takes planning and practice.
Each family should have escape routes, action plans, and survival kits readily available.
Survival Kits should be made to support your family for up to 7 days and should include 6 major items:
1.Water- at least 1 gallon of water per day per family member
2. Food- non-parishable food items, pop-top cans, foods that don't have to be cooked or refridgerated, and high energy foods like peanut butter and granola bars.
3. Clothing and Bedding- prepare for what season it is-coats, warm blankets, boots, gloves, and protective eyewear.
4. Tools, Supplies, and Medical Kit- rope, tape, shovels, scissors, hammers, first aid kit with prescription medicines.
5. Flashlights, Batteries, and Radio- flashlights, replaceable batteries for all items that need them, and a battery powered radio.
6. Specific Items Unique to Family- medications, baby formula, asthma or diabetic supplies.
If you would like more information about Preparing for a Disaster or Creating a Survival Kit, log on to these web sites.
OR you can pick up information from your local Red Cross or School Guidance Counselor.