Week 1 of National Preparedness Month: Disaster kits

Week 1 of National Preparedness Month: Disaster kits

September 8, 2017 - 10:15 am

It’s Week 1 of National Preparedness Month, and one of the most important things to do for preparedness is making sure that you have an emergency kit in case disaster strikes. As we can see with those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, even long after a disaster has come and gone, people can be isolated and left without water and electricity or gas. This is why it’s crucial to keep a supply of food, water, medication, etc., that will last you and your family until help arrives. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have a great site that can help your put together an emergency kit (click here).

The CDC site says you should prepare supplies for “at least three days,” but here in Hawaii, the recommendation is that your emergency kit be for AT LEAST 14 DAYS. Why do we recommend you prepare at least two weeks’ worth of supplies? Our isolation out in the Pacific Ocean makes us not just more vulnerable, but can delay the arrival of goods and services, not just food and water, but also the reconnection of electricity and other utilities. For more information on preparing an emergency kit in Hawaii, you can also check out the Hawaii Department of Health’s “Take 10” guide.

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