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For Release: March 9, 2012 – Larry Weatherford, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601

Spring into Action: Use Extra Daylight to Prepare for Emergencies

As spring arrives, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds Oklahomans to use the extra daylight arriving with this weekend’s daylight saving time change to prepare for emergencies.

“Oklahoma has its fair share of emergency situations to prepare for,” said Scott Sproat, chief of the OSDH Emergency Preparedness and Response Service.  “Along with changing your smoke alarm batteries, Oklahomans should make sure they have an emergency kit ready for an emergency, including spring storms.”

All Oklahomans should have an emergency kit in their house. The kit includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days of an emergency (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit.

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies

Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if there is a tornado, fire, or other emergency.

To learn more about how you can prepare for and stay safe during an emergency visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health preparedness website: http://go.usa.gov/Pk9.

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