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Stormy weather
Take emergency preparedness seriously
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 Whether or not the weather is threatening, we must be prepared for the worst this time of year.

Emergency management folks urge residents to be prepared should the worst happen. Below are a few tips.

Have a survival kit, including:

• Water — at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

• Food —  at least enough for 3 to 7 days

 Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices

 Foods for infants or the elderly

 Snack foods

 Non-electric can opener

 Cooking tools and  fuel

 Paper plates and plastic utensils 

• Blankets, pillows and other bedding

• Clothing —  seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes

• First aid kit , medicines and prescription drugs

• Special items  for babies and the elderly

Also, one needs to know where you will go in an emergency and if their home is not equipped, decide before the emergency where you will go.

There are no public shelters in this county, so give this some thought and make a plan

We are all responsible for planning our response before it is too lte.

And, whatever you do, don’t call 911 to:

• Ask if there is an emergency when the sirens sound. Yes, it’s an emergency, that’s why the screaming loud sirens are going off.

• Request information about whether streets are flooded or not. If there’s enough rain to flood street, the emergency personnel are liable to be too busy to answer your driving questions.

• Find out if there’s an “all clear.”

One more thing. Research shows that more than half of American consumers don’t have an inventory of the possessions they’d want their insurance company to replace in case of a fire, theft, or other disaster. Make one and keep it someplace safe, such as in a digital format floating in the “cloud” so it can be accessed from anywhere, even a smartphone or laptop.

It is everyone’s responsibility to be safe. Take this responsibility seriously.

— Dale Hogg