The Times News: Sen. Mike Crapo: Planning Ahead

By: Sen. Mike Crapo –

As a Boy Scout, I grew up with the motto of “Be Prepared.” As an adult, this enduring phrase is all the more meaningful. Thinking through and developing plans for emergency situations, including natural disasters or wildfires, can help with a timely recovery when problems arise. A number of resources and recommendations are available to help us get through and bounce back from tough situations.

Putting together an emergency supply kit is encouraged to prepare for disasters such as fire and storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends including the following items in a basic emergency supply kit: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered or hand crank radio; flashlight and extra batteries; first aid kit; whistle to signal for help; dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties; wrench or pliers to turn off utilities; can opener; and local maps. FEMA provides recommendations on additional items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit at

Families are also encouraged to prepare communication, shelter-in-place and getaway plans. Recognizing that family members may be in different places when an emergency occurs and that it may be easier to make long-distance calls, FEMA recommends consideration of “a plan where each family member calls, or e-mails, the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency.” Additionally, the agency suggests preparing a getaway plan that includes several destinations in different directions and arrangements for assembling your loved ones. Staying informed of potential area-specific threats is also recommended by emergency personnel. Information about potential emergencies, including information about signing up for emergency alerts, can also be accessed through…

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