A large portion of the United States was recently hit with major snow and ice storms. It doesn't take much ice on trees or power lines to shut off electricity for miles around. Here in Nebraska, some rural areas were without power for several days. A little preparation can make storms like these seem much less severe.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends that Americans take a few minutes to prepare for possible disasters. Each area of the country is susceptible to certain natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods or tornadoes which can delay emergency response and damage personal property.
The department of homeland security suggests keeping the following in an emergency supply kit. A smaller, portable kit should be kept at work or in a car.
· Water, one gallon per person per day for at least three days.
· Three-day supply of non-perishable food
· Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert. Extra batteries.
· Flashlight with extra batteries
· First aid kit
· Whistle to signal for help
· Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape.
· Moist towlettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
· Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
· Can opener for food
• Local maps
It's also a good idea to keep prescription information, doctors names and numbers on hand just in case medical attention is needed. For more information on how to stay prepared, check out the Emergency Preparedness website.