Prepare Now For Emergencies - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/06

Prepare Now For Emergencies

Emergency preparedness week is underway here in Lubbock. It's part of National Safety Week. City officials are urging citizens to prepare now for an emergency. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta spent the morning with an expert who showed us how you can do just that.

Disasters can strike at any time. That's why Mark Brown, Lubbock County Extension Agent, tells us this week is dedicated to educating residents on how to keep their families safe in emergencies. Officials say all families should develop an emergency plan so that families will know what to do in case of an emergency. They say you should also put together a 72-hour disaster supply kit for your home. Texas Cooperative Extension suggests following items:

  • Water: Pack enough bottled water to last for 3 days. Each person requires 1 gallon of water each day.
  • Food: Choose foods require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Examples include protein or fruit bars, dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers and canned juices. Also pack a hand-operated can opener and disposable eating utensils.
  • Clean air items: If there is an explosion, you may need to create a barrier between yourself and the airborne contamination. Pack nose and mouth protection masks (N-95 rating), plastic sheeting and duct tape.
  • Extra clothing: Gather one complete change of clothes, a pair of sturdy shoes and a blanket per person.
  • First aid kit: Include two pairs of sterile gloves, sterile gauze, soap, antibiotic towelettes, antibiotic ointment, burn ointment, adhesive bandages, thermometer, prescription medications and prescribed medical supplies.
  • Emergency items: Pack a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, a whistle, shovel, basic tools, baby wipes, garbage bags, toilet paper and a state map.

For more on how to prepare, visit the Texas Cooperative Extension Agency (click here).

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