Disaster can strike without warning and we need to be ready to provide for our families until help can arrive. Flooding is one of the most common disasters that Payette County experiences. Payette County also has the potential for other disasters to occur such as wildfires, severe weather, landslides, and earthquakes. During all types of disasters, it can be up to 72 hours before outside assistance arrives to help our citizens. Citizens should build an emergency kit that can provide for their needs for 72 hours. Ready.gov (https://www.ready.gov/kit ) has details about how to build and maintain your own kit. The following information comes from that website.
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supply kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
Additional Emergency Supplies
Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
Maintaining Your Kit
After assembling your kit, remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed.
Kit Storage Locations
Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.
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