Getting Ready for Disasters

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.
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
OR you can pick up information from your local Red Cross or School Guidance Counselor.