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Disaster Preparedness:  Disasters can strike anytime and anywhere.  When a disaster does strike, you may not have much time to respond.  Being prepared for a disaster could save you and your families life.  Disasters could confine you to your home or cut off basic services such as water, heat and electricity.  Following a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on scene but they cannot reach everyone immediately.  When disasters occur, people experience increased worry, anxiety, and anger.  The Disaster Distress Hotline is a national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling.  For more information call #1-800-985-5990 to speak with help line staff, available 24/7.

Make a Family Emergency Kit:  Wright County Health Department encourages you to take the first stew toward becoming better prepared and make an emergency kit.  Collect essential items to help you shelter in-place.  Keep family emergency phone numbers with the supplies.  Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members:

Nine Essential Items to Include in your Emergency Supply Kit:
1.  Water.  One gallon of water per person per day for three days (rotate every six months)
2.  Food, at least a three day supply of non-perishable food (rotate every six months)
3.  Change of clothes and footwear per person
4.  First-aid Kit
5.  Battery powered radio and extra batteries (replace batteries annually)
6.  Flashlight along with extra batteries (replace batteries annually)
7.  Manual can opener
8.  Hygiene items (soap, toothbrush, moist towelettes, etc.)
9.  Unique family needs (prescriptions, diapers, formula, etc.)

Other items to consider for your Family Emergency Kit are:
1.  Blankets/bedding for each person
2.  Waterless hand sanitizer
3.  Dust mask for each person
4.  A whistle to signal for help
5.  Plastic sheeting and duct tape
6.  Garbage bags and ties
7.  Waterproof container for storage
8.  Paper/pen/colors/coloring books, playing cards

For additional information on you and your family can be prepared visit:  http://www.idph.state.ia.us/cdor/