How to be prepared for a disaster

Jan 28, 2014 1:24 AM

When disaster strikes, you don't have much time to grab supplies or important items. That's why officials are urging everyone to have a plan in place in case of an emergency.

Disaster can strike in many different ways. In recent years, we've seen snowstorms in the mountains and wildfires in the hills and forests. No matter where you live, you're vulnerable to these conditions. "Even within urban areas, disasters can strike. Earthquakes, even wildfires, can have a devastating impact. So we look to people to please be ready to be self sufficient for a few days in terms of food and water," explains Paul Moreno, Spokesperson for PG&E.

Red Cross officials recommend having a kit ready to go at a moment’s notice. "That kit consists of water, food, medications, and first aid kit. Anything that you're going to need for the first 72 hours in the event of an incident and have that packed and ready to go in a tote or bag somewhere by the door," explained Christina May, Resource Development Coordinator for the Red Cross office in Yuba City.

If you need to evacuate your home, it's important to have everyday items as well as important documents. It's good to include some clothing, some shoes, backup glasses, prescriptions, and those kinds of things that you’re going to need to help you recover. Your insurance papers, driver's license, social security cards," said May.

In the event of an emergency, your family might not be together so officials suggest having a plan to find one another. "Decide on meeting place that's in an open area that has safe access and designate an out of state or out of region contact. A relative or close friend that everyone can call and let them know what their status is so they can inform the other family members," said Moreno.

If you need more information on what you should include in your emergency kit, you can call the American Red Cross at 530-673-1460 or go the their website


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