TOPEKA -- You never know when or where an emergency might happen, and your best bet is being prepared. As daylight saving time returns to Kansas this Sunday morning, the Shawnee County Health Agency (SCHA) reminds us all to check our emergency stockpiles of food and water.
It's recommended that all Americans have at least a three-day supply of food and water for their family to include at least one gallon of water, per person, per day in their household. Some things to consider for your stockpile are non-perishable food items that don't need refrigeration, a manual non-electric can opener, a battery powered flashlight, and radio with batteries, too.
You may also need medical supplies, prescription medications, pet food, contact lens solution and diapers, depending on your family situation.
Stockpiles should be stored somplace that's easy to get to in an emergency. A cool, dark place is ideal. It is best to check your stockpile twice a year and this daylight saving weekend makes a great reminder. Discard anything which has expired, is leaking or damaged.
Visit www.snco.us/ha/ep.asp to learn the cost-effective ways to build your family's emergency stockpile.