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CHICKASHA, Okla. - It is the kind of task that often falls to the bottom of the priority list, but preparing ahead of a possible emergency or disaster reduces the risk of harm to you and your family.


As part of its Resolve to be Ready campaign, the Federal Emergency Management Agency places a special emphasis annually on being ready year-round for whatever Mother Nature has in store.


Start by knowing when hazards are likely to occur, which will give you a good idea of what types of weather hazards to expect at different times of the year.


Then commit to putting together a basic emergency kit, which should include supplies such as three days’ worth of water and nonperishable food, a first aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-operated radio and a change of clothes appropriate for the current season.


Be sure to include prescription medicines, hearing aids, baby formula and other unique needs of family members. Also, do not forget to set aside items for any family pets.


Most people understand the value of putting together a disaster kit, but sometimes cost seems like a barrier. It does not have to be. Building a kit on a budget is doable.

Begin by scouring your house for the items you need. Then check with family and friends to see if you can broker trades for supplies both of you need to complete your kits. Fill in any remaining gaps with things you pick up on sale or at garage sales.


Finally, take the time to create a family communications plan.  You can’t assume your family will be together when an emergency occurs. That’s why having a plan and making sure everyone knows exactly what to do and where to go if something does happen is so critically important. You also should make a point of asking about the emergency plans at school and work.


A free step-by-step guide is available at along with other important resources such as a seasonal preparedness calendar and full list of recommended supplies for a disaster kit.


For more information about emergency preparedness, contact Grady County OSU Cooperative Extension Service at (405) 224-2216.  We are located at 828 W. Choctaw in Chickasha.


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