Duckworth further reminded that a lack of severe weather in the immediate area doesn’t mean severe weather elsewhere won’t cause delays in the shipment of vital medications.
“Regular distribution,” he said, “can be broken down by severe weather elsewhere. Just because we’re not having severe weather here, doesn’t mean we won’t be affected by it somewhere else. Deliveries from further up north in Indiana or from Chicago can be especially problematic. I recommend that people not wait until they’re almost out of medication to refill the prescription.”
Duckworth also recommended the purchase of a small-to-medium-sized backpack in which to store emergency preparedness items for the car.
“You can get a small backpack for between $5 and $10,” he said. “You just need any kind of bag you can store in your car and get to easily.”
And of course, the director added, drivers should ALWAYS keep a flashlight in their cars, regardless of the season or weather conditions.
A flashlight is also a good starting place for a home-based emergency preparedness kit. “You need a flashlight on the road and at home,” Duckworth said.
He recommended that people keep 72 hours’ worth of supplies at home at all time, including non-water and non-perishable food.
“Generally, you should keep one gallon of water per person per day stored for an emergency,” he said.
He further reminded that people should be careful of what source they use for alternative heat in the event of a power outage.
A kerosene-based heat source is a good option, he said, as it produces no carbon monoxide. Running any kind of motorized heat source, however, is generally not recommended, because these emit carbon dioxide.
“The effects can come on unknown, and they can be lethal,” Duckworth said.