Kentucky Introduces “First 72 On You” Emergency Preparedness Campaign
It's never easy to deal with the thought of a major disaster. Kentucky has seen flooding, an ice storm, and just last weekend, a couple of tornadoes. And don't forget, we have the New Madrid fault line to deal with.
The Department of Public Health has launched a campaign to urge Kentuckians to prepare in the event of a disaster. It's called "First 72 On You" which means for the first three days after say, an ice storm, citizens need to be sustain themselves and their families before help can arrive.
This is especially crucial for homes where someone is need of medical attention maybe round the clock care, or he/she has a disability or is elderly.
Having a emergency plan in place, creating a meeting spot for family if cell service is unavailable, knowing evacuation routes and having access to emergency personnel if there's a family member with a disability who needs help to evacuate.
Your emergency supply kit should sustain you and your family for 72 hours. It's good to think about what you would need if the electricity and the water was cut. A gallon of water per person per day is recommended along with non-perishable food, flashlight with extra batteries, duct tape, matches, disposable cups, blankets, extra clothing, a can opener, baby supplies, extra cash, pet/service animal supplies, and important papers you may need. Also, make sure you rotate your supplies according to expiration dates.
Creating a list of medications is helpful. Having a radio, it can be a regular one, a weather one or both can be very helpful.
Saving up supplies over time will help you prepare your emergency kit.