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Alert Emphasizes Importance Of Family Preparedness

Posted February 11, 2003

— With the nation's terror alert level raised to "high," the N.C. Department of Crime Control & Public Safety reminds citizens to have a Family Preparedness Plan in place and at least a three-day emergency supply kit ready at all times.

"I want to remind everyone that we have no specific terror threats against North Carolina," said CCPS Secretary Bryan Beatty. "But the state's experience with bad weather is reason enough to ensure that our citizens are prepared for any emergency at any time."

CCPS is the state's designated homeland security and emergency response coordinator. Below are recommendations for general emergency preparedness.

More detailed information is available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's

"Are You Ready?" website

.

Keys for Family Preparedness:

  • Know what threats affect your community, such as hurricanes hitting coastal areas.
  • Plan what to do for each type of threat.
  • Pick two places to meet: one outside your home in the case of an immediate emergency such as a house fire, and someplace outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows the address and phone numbers for your meeting location.
  • Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact" so that all family members can call that person and report their whereabouts.
  • Discuss what to do in an evacuation and what to do with family pets.
  • Put together your Disaster Supplies Kit so that you can either take it with you in an evacuation or stay in your home for several days in the event of a power outage or other emergency that isolates your family.
  • Start with an easy-to-carry, water-tight container - a large plastic trash can will do, or line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple of trash bags. Next, gather up the following items and place them in your kit:
  • Essentials for your disaster supplies kit:

  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day (a week's supply of water is preferable)
  • Water purification kit or bleach,
  • First aid kit and first aid book,
  • Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup and cereals,
  • Non-electric can opener,
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel,
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person,
  • Portable radio or portable television and extra batteries,
  • Flashlight and extra batteries,
  • Essential medications,
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses,
  • Extra house and car keys,
  • Fire extinguisher - ABC-type
  • Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap, baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices,
  • Food, water, leash and carrier for pets,
  • Cash and change,
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes,
  • Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, shampoo and soap,
  • Toilet paper.
  • Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your family's safety and comfort during and after a disaster. Store enough supplies for at least three days, preferably seven days, in one place.

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