Weekly preparedness tips: a place for everything, first aid and finding what’s new

Build a Kit poster
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The following list will be updated every week. It’s based on a plan that was developed by Pender County Emergency Management to help people prepare for hurricanes, but it’s applicable for any emergency situation.

Some folks like to buy a few items every week, or every pay period. Set up a plan of your own, and use this as a checklist.

To start off, purchase a medium to large size, heavy duty storage bin with a tight lid. This keeps all your supplies together, in a waterproof, portable container.  Get the sturdiest bin you can afford — you don’t want your container falling apart as you’re evacuating your home.

One of the first things that should go in your bin is a first aid kit appropriate the size of your family. Cuts, scrapes, splinters, blisters, headaches and all manner of minor problems are a major part of any hurricane response. Make sure you get a quality kit that contains a variety of bandages, analgesics, waterproof tape, cause for cleaning wounds, antiseptics, antibiotic ointment and scissors to cut tape and bandages.

A small radio is vital for receiving updates on news, weather and evacuation plans. Hand-cranked radios are available from both discount stores and online, and are generally inexpensive. Battery-powered radios are also a good option. Just remember that your radio will require additional batteries. Don’t count on having cellular phone service or internet in the event of a storm.

A simple whistle can make the difference between life and death of you need to signal for help. It can also be used to signal family members if you become separated.

As always, when you make your equipment purchases, make sure everything is in good repair and works. 

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Jefferson Weaver is the Managing Editor of Columbus County News and he can be reached at (910) 914-6056, (910) 632-4965, or by email at [email protected].