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Posted on Sun, Nov 1, 2009



It’s important to be prepared for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly at any time and anywhere. Know what emergencies and disasters are more than likely to occur in your community. We know that fires, tornados, thunderstorms, power outages, heat waves, and flooding do transpire in Missouri.  What would you do if you were a victim? Are you prepared? There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference.

Get a Kit:   (Prepare it yourself or order from American Red Cross)

· Water 1 gallon per/person per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-weeks supply for  home)

· Food non perishable items easy to prepare

· Battery powered or hand cranked  radio/ extra batteries

· First –aid kit

· Medication and medical items (7-day supply)

· Sanitation and personal hygiene items

· Copies of personal documents ( medication list, pertinent medical information, proof of address, lease or deed to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

· Cell phone w/ charger

· Family emergency contact information

· Extra cash


Make a Plan:  (Keep it simple to fit the needs of you and your family)

· Meet with your family and household members and discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live

· Identify  responsibilities fro each member of your household and plan to work together as a team

· Plan what to do in case you’re separated during an emergency

· Choose two places to meet outside your house in case of a fire; outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home from an evacuation

· Choose an out-of-area contact person

· Plan what you should do if have to evacuate

· Decide where you would go hotel, friends, family, evacuation shelter go to a safe location


Be Informed: (Knowledge is POWER)

· Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area. These events can range from affecting you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to affecting your entire community like an earthquake or flood.

· Identify how local authorizes will notify you, how you will get the information, whether through radio or TV.

· Know the different between different weather alerts such as watches and warnings and know what action to take in each.

· Make sure you know what to do to protect yourself

· When major disaster occurs your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response may be delayed. Make sure at least one member of your family is trained in first-aid and CPR

·  Print emergency contact cards for all household members with cell, work and school telephone numbers


Until next month…………Stay Safe & Healthy!