Governor Asks Kansans to Prepare for Emergencies

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Is Kansas prepared for an emergency? Governor Kathleen Sebelius says the state is but cautions Kansans, saying they need to be prepared as well.

"Our goal is really to prevent lives being lost," said Sebelius during a news conference Tuesday morning. "This is a good time to remind Kansans that this is a lifesaving measure that families can engage in in their own households," said Sebelius. She stressed the importance of an emergency care kit. Here are the items suggested by the Governor and Adjutant General to keep in your kit:

• One gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit including a three-day supply of prescription medications
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air
• Moist towelettes for sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Sturdy shoes and extra clothing and blankets
• Three-day supply of pet food
• Cash

Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting also asked Kansans to take action. "Today is all about citizenship. Simply taking care of your business. Be a good neighbor and also it would be a good day to consider volunteering,"

"CERT training is free but it also takes time. Time that we don't have when a disaster is upon us. The time to act is now," said Bret Greenwood a Shawnee County CERT volunteer.

A new website has been designed to help Kansans during and in preparation for an emergency. The link to that website appears below.

To learn how you can volunteer and for more information you can click on the link below this story. To see parts of Tuesday's news conference you can click on the video icon at the top of this story.