2017-09-08 / Business

Are you prepared?

Contributed by RCSD

Sheriff Leon Lott said as we near the anniversary of the historic flood of 2015 that reminds us to be prepared both while on the road, and at home. Provided are two lists (one for your vehicle and one for your family) of things you need that will help assist when disaster strikes. Please take the time to prepare for a natural disaster which could mean the difference between survival or becoming a victim.

One gallon of water per
person per day (3 days worth)
Food—At least three-day
supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand
crank radio and a NOAA
Weather Radio with tone alert
and extra batteries for both
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter
contaminate air and plastic
sheeting and duct tape to
shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes,
garbage bags, and plastic ties
for personal sanitation
Wrench and/or pliers to
turn off utilities
Manual can opener for
food
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Prescription meds, glasses Infant formula and diapers Pet food and extra water
for your pet
Cash and change
Important family documents such as copies of insurance

policies, identification,
and bank account records in a
waterproof, portable container Emergency reference
material such as first aid book.
Sleeping bag with warm
blanket for each person.
Complete change of
clothing including a long
sleeve shirt, long pants, and
sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing depending on
a season.
Household chlorine
bleach and medicine dropper
—When diluted, nine parts
water to one part bleach can
be used as a disinfectant. Or
in an emergency, you can use
it to treat water by using 16
drops of regular household
bleach per gallon of water. Do
not use scented, color safe, or
bleaches with added cleaners.
Fire extinguisher
Matches in a waterproof
container
Feminine supplies and
personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups,
plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, or other
activities for children

First Aid kit
Two pairs of latex or
other sterile gloves if you are
allergic to latex
Sterile dressing to stop
bleeding
Cleansing agent/soap
and antibiotic towelettes
Antibiotic ointment
Burn ointment
Adhesive bandages in a
variety of sizes
Eye wash solution to

flush the eyes or as general
decontaminant
Thermometer
Prescription medications you take every day such
as insulin, heart medicine,
and asthma inhalers. You
should periodically rotate
medicines to account for expiration dates
Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and
blood pressure monitoring
equipment and supplies.
Aspirin or non-aspirin
pain reliever
Anti-diarrhea medication Antacid
Laxative
Scissors
Tweezers
Tube of petroleum jelly
or other lubricant

For the Baby
Formula
Diapers
Bottles
Powdered milk
Medications
Moist towelettes or baby
wipes
Diaper or rash ointments

Have a plan in place, so meet with your family and discuss what to do in the event of an emergency. Decide the responsibilities for each member of the family or household. Proper planning saves lives! If you need more information about putting together your “Go Kits” please call our Community Action Team at 803-309-5070.

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