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Sept. 8, 2006

Safety Tips from the Local Emergency Planning Committee –

September is National Preparedness Month

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is observing National Preparedness Month during the month of September. This nationwide effort encourages Americans to prepare for emergencies of all kinds in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.

This year, the department is putting a particular focus on family emergency preparedness, reminding individuals to make themselves and their loved ones better prepared. All Americans are encouraged to take personal responsibility to ensure that their family is prepared for the unexpected.

The Oswego County Emergency Management Office offers presentations and brochures (including a limited supply of a great publication entitled "Are You Ready?") on family preparedness. For information or to make arrangements for a presentation, call the office at 591-9150.

The www.ready.gov Web site suggests that families include the following items in emergency supply kits:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a 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
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit are:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, 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 liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

For more information about Oswego County’s emergency planning activities visit www.oswegocounty.com/emo. For information on National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov or www.citizencorps.gov.


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