PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES Officials Say Simple Steps Can Keep Families Prepared For Emergencies
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 7, 2012 11:36 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 7, 2012 11:54 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Officials in charge of emergency planning for Kanawha and Putnam counties met Friday morning. September is Emergency Preparedness Month.
Police, firefighters, and EMTs from both counties will be working to make sure they are ready for any unforeseen emergency, like the derecho that left thousands of West Virginians without power back in June and July. Some state residents were without power for weeks.
Officials say there are simple steps you can take now to make sure your family is prepared. Residents are encouraged to keep non-perishable food and a can opener on hand, in addition to one gallon of water for each person per day for drinking and sanitation. They also should also make sure they have any medications or needed medical equipment, pet supplies, cash or check book, a battery-powered radio, flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, paper towels, moist wipes, garbage bags and ties ready to go.
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