The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

April 30, 2014

Severe weather key: Prepare

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For more information, visit: www.redcross.org/prepare, www.ready.gov, or www.clintoncounty-ia.gov/Page/EMA.

Rachel Fredericksen can be contacted at rachelfredericksen@clintonherald.com.

 

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

• 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 out 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:

• Prescription medications and glasses

• Infant formula and diapers

• Pet food and extra water for pets

• 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. 

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