Washington, D.C. November 4, 2011 –
From Hurricane Irene to wildfires in Texas, communities across the country braced for a multitude of extreme weather events this year that displaced countless residents and injured or even killed others as a result. These and other natural disasters underscore the importance of being prepared.
Setting your clocks back on Sunday, Nov. 6, for the end of daylight saving time, provides an extra hour to prepare you and your family for unexpected emergencies by replenishing emergency stockpiles with essential supplies such as canned goods, batteries and bottled water.
In the event a disaster or emergency strikes your community, there may be limited or no access to food, water and electricity for several days. The best way to ensure the safety of you and your family and your community is to check and replenish your stockpile with essential medical and food supplies so that you will be prepared for any unexpected event you may face.
“Though we can’t predict when or where disaster will strike, there are simple proactive steps each of us can take now to mitigate the impact and keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe,” said Alan Baker, MA, interim executive director of APHA. “If you don’t have an emergency stockpile at home or work, today is the perfect opportunity to create one. If you already have a stockpile, it’s important to replenish it.”
APHA has created a list of important tips to help prepare your stockpile:
- Check your stockpile and make sure the contents are still good. If you have not made a stockpile before, take this opportunity to make one.
- Make sure you have at least three days’ supply of food and water stored. For water, plan for at least one gallon per person per day. For food, choose items that don’t need refrigeration and aren’t too salty, as they may make you thirsty.
- Update your family emergency communication plan, which should detail how you will get in touch with one another during an emergency.
- Collect all your medications together in one place and make sure you have enough supplies in case you or family members have to stay home due to illness for a few days. If you are too sick to go to work, you should not have to run to the store to pick up essential supplies and medicine.
- Stockpile on a budget. Make a list and buy items when they go on sale. Or shop at stores that carry bulk items and then split the cost with a preparedness buddy.
APHA’s reminder to check you emergency supplies is part of “Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks,” the Association’s biannual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of having a stocked emergency preparedness kit complete with food, first aid supplies as well as food for your pets. APHA also encourages you to support your local food bank by dropping off canned food.
More in-depth information and resources, including free fact sheets on what to include in your emergency stockpile, budget stockpiling and flu stockpiles and more, are available here.