Thursday, January 24, 2013

Real Snow Day Preparedness

Whenever there is a threat of snow or ice in Chattanooga, the grocery stores are overrun by shoppers stocking up on milk and bread. Why these two staples? Many have asked, and recently lampooned the phenomenon as it correlates to Chattanooga's actual rate of serious snow storms. Bill Colrous wrote, "Buy all the milk and bread you want, but be prepared to have a milk and bread party in a couple of days because you’re not going to need it all."

What are you more likely to need than milk and bread? A proper emergency preparedness kit. Milk won't do you much good if the power goes out, and bread only goes with so many things if you can't open the fridge to get cold cuts and cheese for sandwiches. Instead, stock up on these items well before there is a threat of inclement weather. The government emergency preparedness website recommends:

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • 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
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

It is also prudent to make sure you have enough of any necessary prescription medications, several days worth of baby supplies if you have small children, and a separate pet kit with your furry friend's medication, food, toys, litter, leash, etc. 

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