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First 72 On You

It's never easy to deal with the thought of a major disaster. Kentucky has seen numerous floods, ice storms, and even tornadoes. In addition, we can’t forget we have the New Madrid fault line in Western Kentucky to deal with.

Some disasters give notice of their arrival and others have little to no warning. In the aftermath, communities are left without safety, security, food and shelter.

The Department of Public Health has launched a campaign urging Kentuckians to prepare in the event of a disaster. It's called "First 72 On You" and urges everyone to plan for being self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after an emergency. The first 72 hours is the most critical period for survival.

Instead of waiting for disaster to happen, the Greenup County Health Department encourages families to take action and prepare today by taking the following four steps:

Be ready with an emergency supply kit – Build an emergency supply kit that contains items to keep you and your family self-reliant for at least 72 hours without utilities, electricity and water or without access to a supermarket or local services. The kit should contain essential items for families like non-perishable food, water (one gallon per person per day), first aid kit, radio, flashlight, can opener, baby needs, cell phone charger and extra batteries, duct tape, matches, emergency contacts and important papers, personal hygiene items, complete change of clothes, disposable plates, cups and utensils, medicine, extra cash, blankets and pet/service animal supplies. A detailed list of items to be included in the kit can be found at https://www.ready.gov/kit. Be sure to rotate supplies so they don’t expire. 

Develop a family emergency plan - Families may not be together when an emergency happens so the plan will allow families to develop a meeting place, establish an out-of-town contact and gather essential information that would help them to stay connected in the event of an emergency. Practice your plan with regular drills and know your local evacuation routes. If a family member has a disability, contact your local fire department and/or police station now to inform them so that this information could be kept by these agencies in case of an emergency or disaster. For those that may be blind or visually impaired, predesignate someone to assist in case of emergency and have a plan in place if evacuation becomes necessary because public transportation may not be available during an emergency. For information on writing a plan visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

Be informed - Learn about emergencies that could happen in your area and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency. Learn where to get news and what resources are available in the area that can help during an emergency.

Get involved - Preparedness is a shared responsibility and it takes a whole community to prepare and respond to emergencies. Donate time to a local Medical Reserve Corps unit to contribute skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need.

For more information about preparing for and responding to emergencies visit http://ready.gov.

©Greenup County Health Department. Page last updated Friday, September 27, 2019