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  Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

May 10, 2018 13:01 ET

As Emergency Preparedness Week continues across the country, DRPS is reminding residents to "Be Emergency Ready - Stay Connected," which is the primary focus of this year's campaign.

In addition to promoting emergency communications through the new national Alert Ready Emergency Alert System, Emergency Preparedness Week aims to encourage residents to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit. It is a recommended best practice to maintain a 72-hour kit in the event of an unforeseen emergency. Kits should include all necessary supplies to sustain oneself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. Other kits include: personal (home), vehicle, and pet (if applicable).

Consider filling your 72-hour kit with the following:

-Water: two liters of water per person per day, for three days;
-Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for all family members and pets;
-Prescription/non-prescription medications;
-Extra eye glasses and/or contact lenses;
-Important documents such as insurance policies, birth certificates, passports etc.;
-Extra credit cards and cash;
-Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
-First aid kit
-Extra batteries
-Whistle to signal for help
-N95 Mask, plastic sheeting, and duct tape to shelter-in-place
-Manual can opener for food
-Local maps
-Cellphone with a charger as well as spare charged batteries
-Fire extinguisher
-Waterproof matches
-Extra clothing
-Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
-Mess kits with paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
-A paper listing outside sources, emergency contacts and designated pre-determined meet up areas.

You can find further info about emergency preparedness by visiting these websites: and

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