The National Weather Service and county emergency management agencies around the state are encouraging people to use National Preparedness Month this September to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, businesses, and communities. The agencies are asking residents across Wyoming to prepare an emergency supply kit.
“Wyoming citizens are urged to use September as an opportunity to make themselves and their families better prepared for emergencies,” said Chris Jones of the National Weather Service Office in Riverton. “Creating an emergency supply kit for homes or businesses and making a family emergency plan are just two ways to prepare for disasters like blizzards, fires, and earthquakes. Personal responsibility is the first step to better prepared individuals and, in turn, communities. Those able to care for themselves and their families in the initial aftermath of a disaster can greatly assist emergency responders who may be overwhelmed.”
A basic emergency supply kit should consist of at least one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, flashlight with extra batteries, can opener, essential medicines, first aid kit, personal hygiene supplies, paper and pencil, a change of clothing, blankets, matches, and a deck of cards or other games. Visit ready.gov for more information about building a complete emergency supply kit and a family emergency plan.