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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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30 Be Prepared — Emergency Guide Prepare your vehicle When you're readying for an emergency, it's important to include your vehicle in your master plan. You'll want to make sure your vehicle is not only in good working order, but also loaded with all of the items that are essential for making it through a potentially dangerous situation. Experts urge you to prepare to be on your own for at least 24 hours when emergency strikes. This means your kit should include safely stored food and water, as well as blankets, flashlights, batteries and hygiene items. (See our full list below.) Remember to write a date on your food and water. Food that is badly expired could make you sick, worsening an already stressful situation. Also keep all food items stored in airtight bags inside your kit and replace them every six months or so. On the road You may be forced out of your home during an emergency. Once your vehicle is packed with the proper survival gear, be sure to continuously maintain your engine and other working parts. The last thing you want to happen if you're forced to hit the open road is a breakdown. Be sure your fuel tank is full before you leave for a long distance. An emergency situation can shut down gas stations and other businesses. Disasters such as tornadoes or hurricanes are oftentimes predicted by your local newspaper or weather channels. Heed expert advice, and prepare your vehicle with plenty of time to spare. Other tips for driving before, during or after an emergency situation: • Don't try to out-drive the conditions in emergencies such as tornadoes or hurricanes. Have a plan of where you'd like to be when the storm comes through, and stay put. Also be careful after a big storm, as power lines or tress may be down, posing a threat to drive-ability. • Leave yourself plenty of time to stop and rest, especially if you're on a long drive. • Brake carefully in adverse weather. It takes more time to fully stop your vehicle in slick or icy conditions. Emergency supplies for your vehicle • Tool box with hammer, screwdrivers and wrenches • Jumper cables and a tow chain • Road flare • Battery-operated radio • Extra batteries for radio and other items • Flashlight • Phone charger • Cash and change • Plastic storage bags • Supply of vital medications • Extra clothing and work gloves • Rain gear • First aid kit Prepare your vehicle

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