September is 'Emergency Preparedness Month' Health District encourages community to 'make a kit, make a plan'
LAS VEGAS –Where is the gas shut-off at your house? Do you know how to turn the water off? Is the fuse box above your neighborhood's flood plane? If your family is separated in an emergency, who is the out-of-town contact everyone can call to report in? If an emergency or natural disaster occurred today, are you and your family prepared to be on your own for a few days or weeks?
These are a few questions that every family should consider in the event of an emergency. September is Emergency Preparedness Month and the Southern Nevada Health District encourages people to create preparedness plans for their families or businesses. Information about emergency preparedness and tips to develop a family kit can be found on the health district's Emergency Preparedness page as well as www.Ready.gov.
A family emergency preparedness kit can be assembled over several months simply by adding one or two items to a grocery list. Supplies can be contained in a new, large container, a backpack or a suitcase. A kit should include food, water, a first aid kit, tools, copies of important documents, clothing and bedding, medications, and pet supplies. A household preparedness kit should include enough supplies to sustain everyone in the household for as many as three weeks. There should also be supplemental go-kits that families can grab in the event of an evacuation.
The health district's recommendations for a family emergency preparedness kit include:
Prescription and over-the-counter medications
Toiletries, including soap
Baby formula and diapers
Pet food/medications/leases/collars/ID tags
Extra batteries for flashlight(s) and radio(s)
A CDC/DVD/flash drive with important documents and/or photos
Non-perishable food, ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, protein bars, utensils, can openers, sterno heating
One gallon of water per person per day and fluids with electrolytes
Don't forget to prepare for pets. Many shelters might not be able to accommodate pets. Before an emergency occurs, check hotels, motels or shelters to see which will be able to accept pets. Prepare a kit for pets as well and remember to include any medical information or supplies, leashes, food, and toys. Check with your vet about the pet carrier that is appropriate for your animal and microchip pets so you can find them if you are separated.