TOPEKA, Kansas - You never know when or where an emergency might occur and your best bet is to be prepared. As daylight savings time approaches, the Shawnee County Health Agency (SCHA) reminds residents to check their emergency stockpile of food and water.
It is 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.
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. Depending on your family, you may also need medical supplies, pet food, contact lens solution and diapers.
Stockpiles should be stored someplace easy to get to during an emergency. A cool, dark place is ideal. It is best to check your stockpile twice a year and daylight savings make a great reminder. Discard anything that has expired, is leaking or damaged.
For more information on a cost effective way to build an emergency stockpile visit www.snco.us/ha