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PRCIL offers information for National Preparedness Month

PALESTINE, September 23, 2013-- National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools.  The goal of the month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action.

While much attention is given to hurricanes, emergencies happen daily in communities across the country from power outages to tornadoes to wildfires.  Despite these everyday occurrences, Americans still have not made preparedness a part of their normal routine.  By taking some simple steps to prepare, Americans will have the basic capabilities to handle any disaster, which in turn, will allow emergency responders to focus initially on those who cannot take care of themselves.

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

Water - One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

Food – Minimum three-day supply of non-perishable food

Battery - powered 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

Plastic sheeting and duct tape – For “shelter-in-place” which means to make an immediate shelter where you are or to seal a room from outside contaminants

Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties - For personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers - To turn off utilities

Can opener

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For more information contact the Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living, 421 Ave. A, Palestine, Texas, or call 903-729-7505.

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