No better time for an emergency preparedness kit

Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging residents to restock their emergency preparedness kits.

“While we continue to see snow in our forecasts, the possibility of severe weather and flooding in Michigan increases as we move into the spring season,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By acting now and replenishing or building an emergency preparedness kit, you will be better prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.”

When a disaster strikes, you may have to evacuate, take shelter or go without basic services such as electricity or water for hours or days. Having enough supplies to function without those services is critical during an emergency or disaster because help may not be able to reach you right away.

All households are encouraged to be self-reliant for at least three days by building a preparedness kit. Using five-gallon buckets or similar containers, assemble a kit with the items you and your family will need during an emergency.

Essential items to include in an emergency preparedness kit are:

– Water, at least three gallons of water per person for 72 hours

– Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person

– Medications

– Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

– Flashlight and extra batteries

– First aid kit

– Whistle to signal for help

– A complete change of clothing and footwear for each person

– Bedding

– Important family documents

– Pet supplies (if you have pets)

For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency, go to the MSP/EMHSD’s website at www.michigan.gov/miready or follow us on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

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