Emergency Management asks: Are you prepared?

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

September is Citizen Preparedness Month. The Yates County Office of  Emergency Management wants to prepare residents for when disaster strikes, so the office is providing information to help residents be prepared and responsible for their family’s needs. Diane Caves, Deputy Emergency Services Director says if residents are prepared, government entities and volunteers will be able to deal with the issues at hand in the middle of a disaster.

“The flooding of 2014 generated a logo of  ‘PY Srong.’ We would like nothing more than to be “Yates County Strong,” says Caves.

Here are some tips for being prepared:

1. Get a kit: Plan to make it on your own for at least three days. Think first about the basics for survival: food, water, clean air and any life-sustaining items you require. Suggested items for the basic kit include:

• Water: one gallon per person per day

• Non-perishable food

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and NOAA weather radio

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• First Aid kit

• Whistle to signal for help

• Dust mask, duct tape

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation

• Can openerfor food

• Local maps

Additional items to consider:

• Prescription medications (one week supply); oxygen, hearing aids, batteries, glasses

• Important documents stored in waterproof container: Medicare & Medicaid cards, insurance policies, ID, bank account records, deed, Social Security number.

• Cash or travelers checks

• Bedding or sleeping bag

• Warm clothing

2. Make a Plan:

• Create a list of personal support network and phone numbers

• What mode of transportation and alternate modes as back-up (handicap accessible)?

• Develop a family communication plan - point of contact

• Deciding to stay or go: Use common sense and available information.

• Consider your pet’s needs

3. Be informed:

• Stay informed of what is happening and how it may affect you and your region.

• Above all, stay calm, be patient and think before you act. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected.

4. Start now:

• For more information, visit www.ready.gov.

• Contact Yates County Emergency Management at 315-536-3000 or Public Health at 315-536-5160 for more information.