Safety For You: Ready for Anything

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(WLNS) –  Only 50 percent of families are prepared for when disaster strikes, but how do you know if you are ready for anything?

“We don’t plan for disasters, it’s just there,” Linda Lawrence explained.

After living through Hurricane Frederic in 1979 while growing up in Florida, Linda Lawrence says the scariest part about living through disaster is not being prepared.

“We didn’t know where our candles were, we didn’t know where our flashlights were,” Lawrence listed. “Once it’s known that there is a storm coming you might as well forget it, you can’t go to the store and get that food”.

That’s why now, she knows no matter where you live, whether it’s Florida hurricanes or Michigan snow storms, not being prepared is not an option.

“Being able to know that no matter what life comes in, whether its the weather or whatever happens in this house, we’re prepared,” Lawrence said.

Do1Thing outlines exactly what and how much of each item an individual and family need.

“Do1Thing’s mission is to help communities become more disaster resilient,” Do1Thing Executive Director Raynika Battle said.

Battle says FEMA recommends each person have enough supplies to last 3 days.

“It’s about the longest it would take first responders to get to you in the event that disaster is really bad,” Battle said.

But what all do you need, and how much is it going to cost you to be prepared?

Water is priority number one for drinking and bathing if necessary, non perishable food items such as cans, tuna and nuts, a flashlight in case the power goes out, a radio to be able to stay updated on the situation, extra batteries to ensure you have enough back up and a first aid kit for emergencies.

The total cost is around $60 for a single person and $120 for a family of four.

It may seem like a lot but it could help save your life, and you don’t have to buy it all at once.

“Having a plan and putting it into action is really the most important part,” Battle said.

Do1Thing breaks down a 12 month schedule to make stockpiling less intimidating.

“You can take small steps towards your emergency preparedness,” battle said.

Despite the recommendations, many people don’t see it as a priority.

“Because its something that you see on TV and this is something that crazy people do that they feel that they don’t need to do it,” Battle said.

We asked people around Mid-Michigan whether they had a stockpile and the response replicated the same statistics Do1Thing found nationally.

“No, I don’t have a stockpile at home”

“No ma’am I don’t”

“Yes I do”

“We actually don’t have much of a stockpile”

“Absolutely I do”

Only half of the people said they were prepared, even though locals have lived through ice storms and water boil advisories.

“Nobody wants to think about disaster, you have to be ready, its really important, for me its survival,” Lawrence said.

And when to comes to survival, Lawrence says it is always better safe than sorry.

“You just don’t know when you’re going to need it”.

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