West Virginians see their fair share of emergencies. September is National Preparedness Month. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Center for Threat Preparedness is urging the public to plan for health threats with a personal preparedness kit. "If you already have a kit in place, you should routinely check to determine if items need to be added, changed or replaced," said Dr. Letitia Tierney, Commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health and State Health Officer, in a news release.
Dr. Tierney outlined some basic supplies that every emergency kit should contain, including non-perishable food items, water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, prescription medication and a supply of over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol and aspirin. Adding some items such as pen and paper or a book, a small game to pass the time, tools to shut off house utilities, and a toy for children, can also be helpful according to Dr. Tierney. Also, she advised including back-up documentation, such as insurance policies and deeds.
Essential items such as three gallons of water, and enough food and supplies on-hand to last up to 72 hours per person should be part of the emergency planning process. The DHHR reminds that young and elderly family members may require more water than is recommended. Pets will also need supplies including food and water for three days for each pet; bowls, and a manual can opener.
For more information, visit the Center for Threat Preparedness website.