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Are You Ready To Face A Disaster?

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has many of us wondering if we'd be ready to deal with a disaster. The good news is you may be more ready than you think.

Southern Idaho is relatively isolated from major threats like hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. But beginning to get ready to survive a disaster doesn't take much. The first step is storing fresh drinking water. The next one is to assemble a 72 hour kit, so you can survive the first three days after a disaster hits.

Nan Jackson with Surviving in Style says, "A little bit of clothing that can protect you like work gloves, long pants, maybe a sweatshirt, something that can keep you warm. A little bid of food, enough to get you through 72 hours."

Jackson says you don't want your survival pack to weigh 150 pounds, because you'll need to be able to carry when you grab it. You'll also need to remember that water weighs eight pounds a gallon, so factor that in when you're figuring out what you'll have to carry.

Jackson says, "The most important thing for people to know is when they say leave, you need to leave then. Not, I think I can ride it out. Because the people that are in trouble are the ones who aren’t going when they’re asked to."

If you'd like to find out more about preparing for a disaster, you can call Jackson at 'Surviving in Style' here in Twin Falls, at 421-2997.

Jackson says, "Even with Sandy, they said this is really bad, and it’s going to be really bad. And people thought, I can hang out, or I don’t really know where I’m going to go. But if they’re asking you to evacuate, they’re going to have place for you to go."

Nov. 27, 2012.


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