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Prepare! Are You Ready?. Presented by : Deborah Tootle. Did You Know?. 75 tornadoes in AR in 2011 -- fourth most active year for tornadoes in Arkansas since 1950. Last 2 weeks of April 2011 one of busiest periods of severe weather in recent memory - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Prepare!Are You Ready?Presented by:Deborah Tootle

Did You Know?75 tornadoes in AR in 2011 -- fourth most active year for tornadoes in Arkansas since 1950. Last 2 weeks of April 2011 one of busiest periods of severe weather in recent memorySpring 2011 floods created record crests along Black and lower White rivers; levees along Mississippi threatened by rising waters

Are you ready for 2012?

Preparing Makes SenseYou CAN be preparedFEMA, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and UA CES recommend that everyone:Get a kitMake a planStay informed

Get A KitWhats a kit? A kit is a set of emergency suppliesActually need 2 kits Sheltering at homeEvacuatingKits need to contain water, non-perishable foods, clothes, medications, flashlight and radio, first aid kit, sanitation supplies.

Sheltering at Home KitWater one gallon/day/person. At least 3 day supply. Extra for pets.Non-perishable foods, canned goods and can-opener. At least 3 day supply for each person, including infants. Pet food.

Sheltering at Home KitAll medicationsFirst aid kit

Sheltering at Home KitBattery powered radio, NOAA weather radio, and extra batteriesFlashlight and extra batteries.Cell phones and whistle (to call for help)

Sheltering at Home KitDust mask, plastic sheeting, duct tapeSanitation supplies (hand sanitizers, garbage bags, plastic ties)Dry clothes and warm blanket for each person

Sheltering At Home KitExtra cashHousehold cleaners and bleach Fire extinguisherCandles and matchesWrench and pliers Paper products

Sheltering At Home KitStore emergency supplies in large tote boxes, new garbage cans, storage bins or clean barrels Store water separatelyPeriodically check expiration datesKeep home and financial recordsin safe, waterproof boxes

Evacuation KitBasics will be same as sheltering as home kit, but on smaller scale. To go kits need to contain water, non-perishable foods, clothes, medications, flashlight and radio, first aid kit, sanitation supplies. Also need maps.Need all home and financial records in safe, waterproof box.

Evacuation KitMust be easy to carry and waterproof.

Make A PlanPlan NOW for what you and your family will do in emergency.You will need 2 plansMake a plan for sheltering in placeMake a plan for evacuationBoth plans must contain family communications strategies.

Make A Plan Sheltering in PlaceWhen can (or should) you shelter in place?After you have assessed the situation and you know that it is safe to remain home.When you are prepared and have enough emergency supplies to last until assistance is available or the situation is no longer dangerous.

Make A Plan Sheltering in PlaceMake sure you have a strategy in your plans for contacting friends and relatives.

Make A Plan EvacuatingPlan in advance where you and your family will go.Plan on where you and your family members will meet if you are separated.Choose several destinations in different directions. Be familiar with different routes.

Make A Plan EvacuatingKnow how to get to emergency shelters in each direction.If you travel with pets, make sure you know in what shelters or facilities they are allowed.

Make A Plan EvacuatingTake your emergency evacuation kit with you.Let neighbors, childrens schools and employers know where you will be and how they can reach you.Carry emergency kit wallet cards.

Stay InformedUse a NOAA weather radio to stay informed about extreme weather conditions.Follow local media newspaper, TV, radio.Learn more about potential threats in your area such as flooding, tornadoes and ice storms www.ready.gov

Stay InformedKnow how to reach local emergency contactsFirePoliceSheriffAmbulance services & hospital Utilities servicesKnow when these contacts are available most cannot come out during disaster

Stay InformedBe familiar with local geography. Know which roads and bridges may flood. Know alternate routes through your town.Be aware of issues specific to you, your family and property, such as: Family members with disabilities or special needsPets and livestockLack of fire defensible space

Stay Informed

For more information on preparedness, call your County Extension Office or the State Office in Little Rock. The mission of the Cooperative Extension Service is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives.REMEMBERALL disasters begin and end locally. You may be on your own for the first 72 hours.

PLAN NOW

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