Preparing ahead of emergency situations and severe weather
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When it comes to hurricane preparedness, a home survival kit, including emergency food and water are essential. As Hurricane Week continues, Frank Suster, the safety and facilities manager at City Mill, is demonstrating some of the things you should have in your emergency kit.
Suster explains that it’s critical to have enough non-perishable food and drinking water for 7-10 days. He says you should also have enough water for other purposes, like cooking and using the bathroom, for 7-10 days. A manual can opener, flashlights, batteries and a butane or propane stove or grill, along with fuel, are also essential.
City Mill partners with Hawaiian Electric and offers its Emergency Preparedness Handbook at all City Mill locations. It recommends that home survival kits include the following:
– Portable radio (batter, hand-crank, or solar powered)
– Chemical light sticks or flashlights and lanterns (battery, hand-crank, or solar powered)
– Cellular phone with backup charger
– Extra batteries
– Manual can opener and bottle opener
– First aid kit and special medications, including actual prescription information. Have a minimum 14-day supply of any prescription medications and make sure to rotate medications frequently so they do not expire.
– 14-day supply of non-perishable foods needing little or no cooking
– Baby food and formula (if applicable)
– 14-day supply of food and water for your pet or service animal (if applicable)
– Water (a minimum of one gallon per person per day for drinking, coking, washing, and sanitation for at least 14 days)
– Personal hygiene, sanitary supplies, and diapers (if applicable)
– Ice chest and ice or frozen ice packs
– Matches or a lighter in a waterproof container
– Butane, propane, or canned heat stove, and enough fuel for 14 days; or charcoal grill and charcoal
– Boards, shutters, or other shielding materials for windows or door openings. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. If you do not have storm shutters, board up windows with 5/8″ marine plywood (have boards cut to fit, labeled, pre-drilled, and ready to install).
– Mosquito repellent
– Whistle to signal for help
– Extra cash in small bills
– Disposable plates, forks, spoons, knives
– Disposable hot and cold cups
– Paper napkins or towels
– Trash bags
– Heavy-duty aluminum foil
– Plastic storage bags
– Basic tools and duct tape
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