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Prepare for Emergencies Before They Happen

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is urging everyone to check the emergency supplies in their home and automobile, particularly if there are plans to travel during the holiday weekend.

    If you plan to travel, even a short distance, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management wants you to be prepared.  Make sure your gas tank is full and your tires are in good shape. Keep extra blankets, a first-aid kit, high-energy snacks, bottled water, a safe, alternate heating source, necessary medications and other emergency supplies in your trunk. Make sure your cell phone is charged. Let someone know your travel route and itinerary. Simple precautions taken now can be life-saving if bad weather strands you along the road.”

     It is also important to take similar precautions at home. It is wise to take necessary precautions that would a family to survive for a minimum of three days if severe weather knocks out power and makes the roads impassable to rescue and utility crews. These precautions are particularly vital for persons living in rural areas, where help may have to come from farther away, and where your nearest neighbor may live a mile or more from you.

Another good idea is to establish a phone network to check up on friends and family members on a regular basis. For more information about preparing for emergencies at home and on the road, go to www.ksready.gov.

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