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From the LDA Newsbriefs (May/June 2011) here are some thoughts about emergency preparedness .
Get a small waterproof and fireproof strong box for
- social security cards
- birth certificates
- marriage certificates
- death certificates
- copies of driver’s licenses
- insurance policies
- home deeds
- credit cards
- health care/benefit cards
- any other vital records
These records can help smooth the way if it should be necessary to apply for any type of disaster aid.
The American Red Cross has a website: http://www.recross.org. You will find lists of Preparedness Fast Facts on topics such as
- Coping with Shelter-in Place Emergencies
- Pets and Disaster Safety
- Power Outage
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health after a Disaster
These emergency facts are in English, Spanish and several other languages.
The Red Cross Store (http://www.redcrossstore.org) carries a variety of items:
- Emergency radios
- Personal Safety Emergency Packs
- Emergency Preparedness Kits
- Planning Kits
- LED Glowsticks
- and other items.
Visit the site to order items or use as a guide to develop your own kit.
Tip: if you decide to store water, ensure that containers are classified as PETE (1), HDPE (2), LDPE (4), or polypropylene (5) to avoid toxic chemicals.
Visit http://www.healthychildrenproject.org for additional information on plastics.
sole source: Article in LDA Newbriefs, May/June 2011, prepared by their Public Policy/Advocay Committee. Visit http://www.ldaamerica.org
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