George O'Toole on Over 590,000 Lives Secured with Emergency Kits and Disaster Supplies! With Hurricane Sandy poised to potentially impact the region next week, Officials for the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross said they are seeing more people interested in developing plans to prepare for an emergency -- particularly in the wake of the four major storms last year.
Hurricane Sandy and headed straight for New Jersey, New York City and the surrounding areas. Olga Alkattan, a volunteer at the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, with a "Backpack Grab and Go" kit at left and a "Shelter in Place" kit at right. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency recommends all families have an emergency kit that will help them make it through two or three days of being isolated, because of closed roads, and without power, said Peter Judge, the public information officer for the agency.

If the storm is going to hit at a time when people are not home together, family members should have a set way to communicate and, if cell phone access is sketchy as it was during the June 1 tornado, they should also designate a meeting place. The sad scenes of hundreds of homes burned to the ground and tens of thousands of people evacuating in Colorado and elsewhere in the west remind us all of the need to be prepared to evacuate our homes on very short notice in case of an emergency or disaster.
All this means, that your emergency supplies will stand a much better chance of making it through a major earthquake undamaged in a MobileAid Emergency Earthquake Kit than will earthquake supplies stored in a regular backpack or plastic bin.
It is always interesting and funny to watch the interaction as the participants each have different perspectives on what items are the most important in case of an emergency. Recommendations for emergency supplies to have on hand are mostly common sense things such as batteries for flashlights, a radio, non-perishable food, a manual can opener and a first aid kit.

Those who rely on wells should stock plenty of drinking water and may fill up tubs to flush toilets, he said. The Red Cross recommends adding all needed medications, cash and important documents to emergency preparedness kits, Leaks said.
Through the apps and the web site, people can monitor storm conditions in their areas, get step-by-step information about preparation kits, and find shelter locations in their area and other information, she said.

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