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Threat Preparedness
September 13, 2013

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox From severe weather like flooding to a pandemic flu outbreak, being prepared in case of an emergency is critical.

"It's so important. You never know what could happen. History often repeats itself as we see. Our area can have flooding. We can have extreme weather with winter coming," Elizabeth Ayers, a public health educator at the Cabell Huntington Health Department, said.

One of the easiest ways to prepare for disasters is to keep an emergency kit handy that has things like flashlights, candles, non perishable food items, and plenty of extra batteries.

"You never know when you're power's going to go out, so it's always important to have batteries that are brand new. Make sure they're in a package stored properly. Also have toilet paper. Non-perishable foods is great. You never know how long you're going to be stuck in your house," Ayers said.

Make sure your vaccinations are current. "It's really important to be up to date, especially on your Tdap, which protects against tetanus, that can be found in water, say there's flooding," Ayers said.

Agencies in Cabell County will tour places in the area this month to identify what could be used as a potential public shelter in case of an emergency. Ayers explained.

"Oftentimes folks may not have power for days. so they may need to go somewhere that will have power, so we're looking at different places that could be possible shelters in the area," she said.

All this month, public health agencies are raising awareness about the overall importance of how you can protect yourself and your family prior to an emergency.

Ayers said that can be as easy as taking a few minutes to assess what's in your house, what's in your pantry, and getting your kit together.

Here's a link to a comprehensive list of what to have in your kit:

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