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Change of seasons is a good time to check emergency kit

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

Change of seasons is a good time to check emergency kit

Contact: John Bobel 859-402-3120
Shelley Bendall 859-425-2495

The Lexington Division of Emergency Management urges citizens to check their emergency kit for readiness. If citizens don’t have a kit, it’s a good time to get one together.

“An emergency kit should have all the things a person or a family needs to be self-sufficient for at least three days,” said Shelley Bendall, Division of Emergency
Management. “A kit should be checked when the seasons change – spring, summer, winter and fall – to make sure that batteries are fresh, radios are in working order, food and water has not gone past its expiration date and important family records, including medical prescriptions are current.”

“Most people here don’t realize that Lexington is about 300 miles from a major fault
line,” said Bendall. “While an earthquake might not result in serious damage to buildings, the need to provide response and aid would certainly impact people here, along with the disruption food and other products delivered by truck and rail to availabilities of energy products delivered by pipelines that run through the fault zone.”
An emergency kit is easy to put together and easy to maintain.

Most items are available
at the grocery or large department store. A good list of items to have is:
• 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 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 – along with instructions on how to turn off
the electricity, gas, water and other utilities.
• Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers

Some additional items to consider:
• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• 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.
• 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.
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

More information about severe weather preparedness is available from the Division of
Emergency Management website available at: www.bereadylexington.com or
www.lexingtonky.gov/dem. Information from the division is also available through the
Lexington Emergency Management Facebook page - Lexington KY Emergency Management.
Information is also available via the Division of Emergency Management Twitter account: www.twitter.com/lexkyem.


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