TOPEKA -- You never know when or where an emergency might happen, and the Shawnee County Health Agency says your best bet is to be prepared. As daylight savings time approaches this weekend, the SCHA reminds you to look over your emergency stockpile of food and water.
Did you know it's recommended all Americans have at least a 3-day supply of food water for their family to include at least one gallon of water per person, per day? Some things to consider for your stockpile are non-perishable food items that do not require refrigeration, a manual can opener, flashlight, radio and batteries. You may also want to include medical supplies, pet food, contact lens solutions and diapers.
Stockpiles should be stored someplace easy to get to during an emergency. A cool, dark place is ideal. It's best to check your stockpile twice a year and our "time-switch" weekend is a good reminder, just as it is for changing the batteries in your home's smoke detectors.
Once you've checked your "stock," be sure to discard anything that has expired, is leaking or damaged. To find out more about cost effective ways to build an emergency stockpile, visit www.snco.us/ha.