How safe is your family when it comes to being protected from natural disasters?
April 30 is National Prepareathon Day when people are reminded that disasters can strike anytime. The day has been recognized since 2014 to encourage people to always be prepared.
Emergency Management Director of Washington County, John Luther said there are many disasters that can affect northwest Arkansas, including tornados, flooding, fires, as well as things people don’t always think about like profuse bleeding.
Luther said it’s best to put an emergency kit together, but assured that help is never too far away.
“From the emergency response perspective, when seconds count, we’re minutes away,” Luther said. “We’re going to come. We’re going to help you.”
According to Ready.gov, in your kit should be things like:
– Dry clothes
“It’s not necessarily an expensive venture that a person gets into,” Luther said. “It’s just kind of planning and organizing possibly what we already have in place. And doing that for children, doing that for the elderly, and doing it for pets is very important.”
Luther said just having a kit is not enough. Keep it up to date by doing things like changing batteries in flashlights and removing expired food and medicine.