A Note about Disaster Preparedness:
The weather “folk” have been warning us about several storms headed thru our district Wednesday night thru Friday morning and then Sunday thru Tuesday. While the snow amounts predicted are not huge, it’s still good to be prepared. For most of us it may just mean a snow day, but with the weather…….one can never be sure.
The rule of thumb is to be prepared for taking care of yourself and your family for three days.
This week would be a good time to: make sure your flashlights have good batteries, you have some extra food in the house, emergency water set aside (one gallon per person and per pet per day is recommended), your car is full of gas and you have a plan for how to keep warm if the power is out, you have your phone and electronic devices charged, you have gas for the snow blower or the snow shovel found, any special needs for infants, older family members and pets are ready.
March 10, 2013 Daylight savings begins. This would be a good tome to review your family emergency plan, check and re-stock your Emergency Kit, First Aid Kit and Go Bag. Check and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and talk with your children and neighbors about what we would do if; fire, storm, flood, wind…..
There are many great resources available for helping you to Be Prepared. Online go to the American Red Cross, FEMA, The State of Iowa or the Salvation Army. Your local bookstore also has many resources, We recommend “The Prepper’s Pocket Guide”, 101 easy things that you can do to ready your home for a disaster, by Bernie Carr if you would like some help or to schedule a time to share this with your congregation or service group feel free to contact us:
Northwest District Disaster Preparedness and Response Coordinators
John and Catie Newman
712-874-3247 or 712-899-4067, email@example.com
Every church in the District is encouraged to have 2-3 clean up buckets made up in case someone in your community is in need of one or if there is an emergency situation where buckets are needed.