Georgia administrators want residents to be safe in the aftermath of a disaster, so they are recommending each person to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit. (WRDW-TV / Sept. 5, 2011)
News 12 This Morning / Monday, Sept. 5, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, emergency response is on the minds of many.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is using September's National Preparedness Month to remind all of us to take safety into our own hands.
Disasters can happen instantly right in your backyard.
"Hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, tornadoes," said Columbia County's Emergency Management Director Pam Tucker.
The list goes on for emergency scenarios we could face in our region.
"And then we have two nuclear power plants in the area," she said. "So a radio active emergency is possible."
That's why Georgia administrators want every resident to have a 72-hour emergency kit on hand.
"72 hours is the time frame a family may not have any outside assistance," Tucker said.
It's a kit Chester Plecha takes seriously so his family is taken care of during an emergency.
"We have two of them, we go through it twice a year and update all the canned goods," Plecha said.
From his home to his car, he has tools to keep him safe and alert.
"I've made five trips down to Mississippi. I saw what they went through," he said. "Taught me a lesson to be prepared; you never know what can happen."
Your kit should include all the essentials to survive for three days.
"Your most critical things are gonna be food and water. You need to have flashlight and extra batteries," Tucker said.
Also, have a way to get information through a battery powered radio or a NOAA alert radio. A first aid kid is also important to have so you can take care of any minor injuries.
"If it could happen, it's gonna happen," Plecha said. "Just like the earthquake. Earthquakes never happen in the East Coast."
For a list of supplies you need to include in your 72-hour kit, click here.
Columbia County is hosting a Prepare and Aware day Oct. 8 at the Government Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.