February is Disaster Preparedness Month
Don’t be left in the Dark!
Having the right supplies on hand can make life a little easier during a power outage, flood, or storm. Even though it is unlikely that an emergency would prevent you from getting to the grocery store for long, you should prepare a reserve supply of food and other supplies that will last three to seven days. This can relieve a great deal of inconvenience and uncertainty until services are restored. Be prepared for whatever Mother Nature sends your way.
If the power has gone off or a storm is raging outside, there are things that you and your family must do to stay safe. You may want to consider getting a generator that can provide enough power to run your furnace and your sump pump during an extended power outage. Another reason to consider a generator is to run essential medical equipment or just to keep your refrigerator and freezer running when the power is out. Whatever the situation, it is important to size the unit correctly and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for its safe operation. This basic information will help you get through the emergency.
The Grand Island Citizens Corp and CERT Team urge all citizens to plan ahead for emergencies. For additional information you can contact the following web sites; www.nyhealth.com, www.fema.gov, www.semo.state.ny.us, www.redcross.org, www.salvationarmyusa.org.
This article was prepared from booklets and literature from the above listed web sites.
Submitted by Nicole Gerber, Nancy Koch and Dick Crawford