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September is National Preparedness Month: make sure that you and your family are ready


September is National Preparedness month and the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department is encouraging everyone to make sure they are prepared for natural disasters or emergencies.

Building an emergency kit for you and your family can be easier than you think.

The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department recommends that every household create a 72 emergency kit including:

  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)

  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)

  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio

  • Flashlight and batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Three days’ worth of prescriptions

  • Cash

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof container

“People think it's not going to happen around here, but we have tornados quite frequently around here, especially in the past 20 years or so. So a big thunderstorm can knock things out for a while… being prepared is the difference between calmly going about your business and operating in a panic mode and wondering how in the world you're going to do anything," Wayne Arnold of the Jackson-Madison County Regional Healthcare Department said.

The health department says that another important piece of being prepared for emergencies is staying up to date on tetanus vaccinations.

Arnold says that you and your family need a plan to prepare for an emergency, " Put it all in central location. Show everybody where it's at. Show everybody how to use everything that's going to be in there. So you'll be ready when the time comes."

Building your kit is easier and cheap that you may think, Arnold said, “if you're buying canned goods, buy an extra can….work with your doctor and pharmacist to get your medications, get a couple of days get a few days extra on that.”

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