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The Importance Of A Disaster Preparedness Kit

April 18, 2014, 7:15 AM by Stephanie Gregory

The Importance Of A Disaster Preparedness Kit
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Next week is Severe Weather Awareness Week. It's a time to remember that severe weather can happen in our communities and you have to be ready for it.

The Helpline Center, along with the Sioux Empire Organizations Active In Disaster and the Sioux Falls Emergency Manager are getting people prepared by giving some in our community disaster preparedness kits.

"It could happen here, it likely will happen at some point so we want people to be aware of that and make plans," Emergency Manager for the City of Sioux Falls Regan Smith said.

Whether it is a tornado, flooding, or even a storm like the April ice storm, a disaster can strike at any time and that is why you need to be prepared in case help can't arrive soon enough. One way to prepare is with a disaster preparedness kit.

"In those big events we're not going to be able to take care of tens of thousands of people, and people need to be able to rely on themselves for the first two to three days," said Smith.

Volunteers are putting together kits for the elderly and disabled in our community in honor of severe weather awareness week.

"We really wanted to make sure that the people who are really going to very vulnerable during a disaster, if they had to shelter in place, have those basic needs items," said volunteer services director Sara Carothers.

Carothers says it is important that everyone have one of these kits if ever faced with a disaster. She says if you have any questions or needs, the answer is just a phone call away.

"If people aren't sure what to do with disaster preparedness or how to get ready, they can dial 211 and we can refer them to great organizations like the Red Cross," said Carothers.

Important things to have in a kit are water, food, a mylar blanket, flashlight, first-aid kit, toiletry items, important documentation like copies of birth certificates and a small amount of cash.

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