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Man-made disasters, such as chemical explosions, transportation accidents, such as train derailments can easily occur and can require rapid evacuation of the area. Unfortunately, disasters may be individualized, such as a fire in your home.
While we hope we don’t have a disaster, it is important to always be prepared and to talk to your family about emergency plans for communication, evacuation and transportation.
Use the extra time this Labor Day weekend to talk to your family about your emergency plans and to create a disaster preparedness evacuation kit. If you already have a disaster kit, this is a great time to update it and replace expired items.
When disaster strikes, make sure you have these items handy.
#1 – Non-perishable Food
#2 – Drinking Water
#3 – Important Papers
#4 – Personal Items
#5 – Clothing and Shoes
Pack a first aid kit, cash, maps, blankets, flashlights, battery-powered radio and/or television, candles, matches and batteries.
Also, be sure to check out other resources like the American Red Cross and ready.gov for more tips on being prepared for a disaster.
Barb Bisset is executive director of the WakeMed Emergency Services Institute.
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