Village of Bartlett, Illinois  •  228 S. Main St. •  Bartlett, IL 60103  •  630.837.0800  •  www.village.bartlett.il.us
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Health & Safety
The health and safety of our community is important. We hope the information provided here adds to the well-being of you and your family and is a useful guide for emergency preparedness.

 

 

Back-to-School Safety - Tips for Motorists
Sharing the Road Safely with School Buses
school busSchool buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as passengers. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, 4 to 7 years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus. For this reason, it is necessary to know the proper laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with school buses:

* All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
* School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
* All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
* While state laws vary for a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
* The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
* Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail
to look both ways when crossing the street.
* Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences.

Sharing the Road Safely with Child Pedestrians
All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.

* Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
* In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
* Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.
* Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.
* Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way.

These Back-to-School Safety Tips are from the National Safety Council website, http://www.nsc.org.

 

 

Mosquito Update
NUISANCE MOSQUITOES
Nuisance mosquitoes collected from the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District's(NWMAD) New Jersey traps continue to decrease due to water treatment efforts. Nuisance mosquitoes generating problems are still mostly from areas offering harborage for the adult mosquitoes in heavily vegetative areas (i.e. near Forest Preserves, parks, etc.). However, the last significant rainfall that hatched nuisance mosquitoes was around June 30th suggesting that the majority are also at the end of their lifespan. The NWMAD has been trying to augment its control efforts with night spraying but unfavorable weather conditions have prevented this operation. Evening temperatures have been below normal reducing mosquito activity and slowing virus replication. Wind speed has been non-existent or too high which prevents night-time spraying from killing sufficient flying mosquitoes over large areas. Unless mosquitoes are actively flying and looking for blood meals they are normally resting in vegetation. In-active mosquitoes hidden in vegetation typically defeat nigh-time spraying efforts if they are not flying when exposed to insecticide sprays.

Crews continue larviciding efforts treating water areas infested with immature aquatic mosquito larvae. Floodwater areas that produce these mosquitoes are drying down.

CULEX MOSQUITOES
Culex mosquito collections from gravid traps are increasing. Most are still averaging in the double digits with a few in triple digits. Warmer temperatures will increase their activity as is typical this time of the season.

Crews are currently treating the Culex stagnant water sources throughout the District. All street and backyard catch basins throughout the District have been treated.

Residents of the District are strongly advised to begin inspecting their properties for stagnant water filled containers that may produce these types of mosquitoes. Examples of mosquito production areas encountered by homeowners can be viewed at: http://www.nwmadil.com/breeding sites1.htm. Typically, Culex mosquitoes are produced from natural and artificial container sources that hold the stagnant water preferred by these mosquitoes. The most prevalent Culex production habitats on homeowner properties are: leaf & seed clogged rain gutters holding water, buckets, unmaintained swimming pools, other miscellaneous containers and un-rimmed tires.

MOSQUITO VIRUS SURVEILLANCE IN ILLINOIS
NWMAD uses the RAMP Arboviral test in-house for detection of West Nile virus in adult mosquito collections. Arboviral testing will also be performed with RT-PCR via the Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Thus far in 2014 NWMAD has tested 1080 batches of Culex mosquitoes for West Nile virus (WNV) and 15 have tested positive. Mosquito batches in the District territory testing positive for these viruses will be posted at the following website address: http://www.nwmadil.com/WNVTEST2014.htm.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported West Nile virus infected mosquitoes and birds in Illinois. As of this writing, 85 mosquito batches and 7 birds have tested positive for WNV in IL. No human WNV cases have been reported. More information about WNV can be found on the state’s website: www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or by calling 217-782-5830. The State’s website also has other valuable resource links on WNV, pesticides and mosquito control.

NWMAD WEBSITE:
The NWMAD website (www.nwmadil.com) has additional information on homeowner mosquito control practices. This Mosquito Update newsletter is available at this site as well as information on the history of NWMAD, personnel contacts, mosquito information links, employment opportunities and mosquito spray schedules.

Report a 10-day or longer standing water problem: http://www.nwmadil.com/water source rpt.htm
Report sick/dead birds or other animals: http://www.nwmadil.com/Dead Birds.html or to the Cook County Department of Public Health at: (708) 492-2650
Check night time mosquito spraying schedules: http://www.nwmadil.com/nitespry_map.html

REDUCING THE RISK OF MOSQUITO BITES:
As temperatures increase avoid outdoor activity if possible from dusk to dawn when the mosquitoes bite the most. If you do go out wear light colored, loose fitting, protective clothing and insect repellent (always read label warnings and directions). Make sure mosquitoes do not enter homes through unscreened or broken doors or windows. Residents are encouraged not to create mosquito harborage or resting areas. Make sure tall grassy areas are trimmed and other unnecessary vegetation is cut back. If plants must be watered do so in the morning so the vegetation and soil has a chance to dry making it less attractive to mosquitoes. Empty any containers holding stagnating water for 7 days or longer like: tire casings, birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, flowerpots and rain barrels that may produce mosquitoes. Neglected swimming pools may produce thousands of mosquitoes. Call the District to report large stagnant water areas that remain wet for more than 7 days.

 

When Summer Storms Strike
Summer brings warm temperatures and the potential for severe weather. Residents are reminded to take the possibility of severe weather seriously and prepare ahead of time. Here are some tips for weathering any storm.

KNOW SEVERE WEATHER TERMINOLOGY
•Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are right for a serious storm or tornado to develop. Watch for danger signs and be ready to seek shelter quickly. Stay tuned to the radio or TV for National Weather Service bulletins.
•Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the storm’s path.
•Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. Warning sirens will be sounded and you should find shelter immediately.

BEFORE A STORM
•Purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with a battery backup and tone-alert feature. It automatically alerts you when a watch or warning is issued. The National Weather Service uses county names in its advisories, so know the county where you live and work.
•Check the weather forecast before going outdoors and postpone plans if storms are imminent.
•Keep a list of emergency phone numbers. Teach children how and when to call 911.
•Choose a friend or relative who lives out of the area that separated family members can call to report their whereabouts and condition.
•Keep important documents and records in a safe deposit box or other secure location.
•Maintain a disaster supply kit.

DURING A STORM
•Close all windows and doors. Draw shades or blinds to reduce the risk from flying glass.
•Avoid using the telephone or other electrical appliances until the storm passes.
•Turn off air conditioners. If lightning strikes, a power surge could damage the compressor.
•Delay taking baths/showers until after the storm.
•If outdoors, seek shelter immediately. If you can hear thunder, you are probably close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning.
•If you are in a boat, try to reach shore quickly.
•If you are driving, pull safely to the shoulder away from trees and power lines. Lightning can flash from trees or power poles into a vehicle through the radio antenna. Normally, in the open, a vehicle is a safe shelter from lightning.
•Avoid touching metal parts of the vehicle when lightning is nearby.
•If you find yourself where there is no immediate shelter, find a low spot away from trees and power poles and squat low to the ground. Make yourself the smallest target possible.

AFTER A STORM
•Check for injured persons and render first aid. CPR will revive most lightning strike victims. Do not move anyone who is severely injured unless absolutely necessary. Wait for emergency assistance to arrive.
•Photograph or videotape damage to property.
•Do not make unnecessary telephone calls.
•If driving, be alert for hazards on the roadway.
•Check on neighbors or relatives who may require special assistance.

Warning Sirens

Bartlett is equipped with several warning sirens to notify you of a weather emergency. Sirens are tested at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Other than testing, the signals are sounded only if a tornado warning is issued. If you hear the siren, take cover immediately; turn on a radio or TV for more information. As a Storm Ready Community, Bartlett reminds residents that the weather sirens will NEVER be used to signal that conditions are safe. It is up to you to decide when it is safe to leave places of shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRS Phone Scam
IRS 1040 formResidents should be aware of an IRS scam involving callers claiming to be the Internal Revenue Service and demanding immediate payments with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. These callers sometimes also threaten arrest or deportation. 

In most circumstances, the IRS generally contacts taxpayers first by mail or with personal visits from field agents. It does not accept credit card information by phone. 

Please contact the Bartlett Police Department if you fell victim to this latest telephone scam.

 

Coyote Warning
coyoteCoyotes are common throughout Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the number of coyotes has increased dramatically during the past 30 years.

Coyotes are nocturnal (most active from dusk until dawn), but are sometimes seen during the day. Some coyotes become accustomed to human activity and may approach close to buildings, people, or pets. Usually it will be easier to change human and domestic animal use of an area than to capture a coyote.

Most coyotes are harmless; their goal is to eat more natural foods such as mice and rabbits. However, coyotes are opportunistic. If coyotes see easy food – such as open garbage or pet food -- they may take advantage. That puts pets in direct line for confrontation with coyotes, and individual coyotes do sometimes kill or injure domestic pets. These incidents can typically be prevented by removing resources that attract coyotes.

1. Don’t feed coyotes or any wild animals such as raccoons or deer, which encourages coyotes.
2. Do not leave small pets like rabbits, cats, or small dogs outside unattended, especially at night; keep your dog on a leash.
4. Don’t leave pet food outside. Feed pets indoors. If pets are fed outside clean up any leftover food daily.
5. Secure garbage in areas where coyotes can’t access it; Coyotes may eat garbage, but they are more attracted to the rodents that feed on garbage.
6. Keep bird feeding areas clean of debris. Even well-maintained feeders can attract rodents. In turn, this may attract coyotes.
7. Use squirrel-proof bird feeders. In an urban environment coyotes naturally feed on mice, voles, rabbits, and woodchucks. When natural prey populations decline, it has been shown that squirrels that visit bird-feeders become easy prey for coyotes.

Recognize that coyotes are a permanent fixture in Illinois’ rural, suburban and urban areas. Seeing a coyote(s) cross a field, backyard, golf course, road, etc. does not necessarily constitute a problem or a dangerous situation for humans or domestic animals.

Coyotes in Illinois are not considered to be a public health concern. While coyote attacks on humans are increasing in some suburban areas in the Western United States, there have been no reported coyote attacks on humans in Illinois in the last 30 years.

 

 

New Law Bans Hand-Held Devices

Earlier this year, House Bill 1247 was passed by the Illinois General Assembly and will take effect January 1, 2014. The law expands the prohibition of electronic communication devices while driving by not only banning the composing, sending or reading of electronic messages, but setting an outright ban on all cell phone use while driving, unless the device is used in hands-free mode with a Bluetooth earpiece/headset or when reporting an emergency.

The statute sets fines at $75 for the first offense, $100 for the second, $125 for a third and $150 for fourth or subsequent offenses. Another new law also will increase penalties when any use of an electronic device while driving is the cause of an accident.

These laws are intended to combat distracted driving injuries and fatalities. More than 239 people were fatally injured in Illinois between 2010 and 2011 due to distracted driving related crashes.

 

Gypsy Scam Awareness
no burglary logoThe Bartlett Police Department would like to warn residents of common Gypsy scams involving individuals who pose as utility workers or contractors.  Offenders have been known to show up at a residence unannounced and inform the homeowner that they need to measure the property line due to some type of construction project or they need to perform unscheduled work or check on something inside the residence. The individuals will then distract the homeowner or take the homeowner to a remote area of the property while an accomplice enters the residence to steal the homeowner’s valuables. 

 

Trained for Crisis Response
The Bartlett Police Department established a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in May of 2011. This 13-member team of law enforcement officers received 40 hours of intensive, specialized training on assisting individuals and family members in the community who suffer from mental illness, behavioral disabilities, veterans’ issues and addictions. Team members have or will complete an additional 40-hour training class on the Advanced CIT Youth Program. In addition, seven members are state certified elder service officers. Community members can identify CIT officers by the standardized blue CIT pin worn on their uniforms.

CIT officers network with surrounding mental health/addiction recovery agencies, Hanover and Wayne Townships, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and several hospitals to provide appropriate care and resources to individuals and family members. Members of the CIT respond immediately and those in need of services are identified by officers and provided with resources. The Bartlett officers have made a tremendous impact in the community by deferring cases to Mental Health Court as an alternative to arrests in some cases. Often the mere understanding of the illness allows officers to establish a rapport with individuals and families and provide educational resources and referrals. CIT officers network with facilities in both Cook and DuPage counties and aid those who are arrested with post-arrest/pre-trial resources.

If you would like more information about Bartlett’s Crisis Intervention Team or local resources, please contact the Bartlett Police Department 630-837-0846 and ask to speak with a CIT officer. Residents are encouraged to register themselves and family members on SMART911 at www.smart911.com to facilitate fast and accurate communication with 9-1-1. Resources are also available through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website, www.nami.org.

 

Cook County Encourages Radon Testing
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) states that radon is associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Almost 50% of Illinois homes and nearly 30% of homes in Cook County that were tested by professionals had radon levels higher than what is recommended by the US EPA, according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).

The Cook County Radon Awareness Program is encouraging residents of Cook County to test their home for radon. This naturally occurring, colorless, odorless radioactive gas can seep into a house through cracks in basement floors and walls, around openings of sump pumps or through crawl spaces. It is easy to test for radon and simple to fix your home, if necessary.

You can order a radon test kit through Cook County by sending a check for $7 to: Cook County Department of Environmental Control, 69 West Washington Street, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60602. Kits may also be available at local hardware and home improvement stores.

For consumer protection, the Radon Industry Licensing Act (RILA) requires measurement professionals, who test for radon, and mitigation professionals, who reduce radon in structures, to be licensed by IEMA. Should a home have high radon, the names of licensed mitigators can be provided by IEMA, 1-800-325-1245 or visit www.radon.illinois.gov.

For a free packet of radon information or questions about Cook County’s test kit, please call the Cook County Department of Environmental Control Radon Awareness hotline, 708-865-6177 and leave your name, address, and phone number.

 

 

Don't Fall Victim to a Scam
Police logoThe Bartlett Police Department warns residents to beware and not fall victim to the following lottery, prize/sweepstakes or grandparent scams:

Lottery/Sweepstakes Scam
Generally, if you are the targeted victim in a lottery or prize/sweepstakes scam, you will receive a phony prize check in the mail or a telephone call or email from the con artist that says you won a large sum of money, a vehicle, or another type of prize. You will then be instructed to send or wire money after the fake check is cashed.

Grandparent Scam
Grandparent scams usually involve con artists, posing as a relative, who call you and try to convince you to send or wire money to help pay for emergency situations.

With both of these scams, the con artist usually instructs you to wire money using services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Be careful not to fall for these fraudulent schemes.

Never wire money, provide bank or credit card information, or send a check to someone using one of these scam methods. If you believe you are a victim of a scam, contact the police department.

 

 

Distracted Driving
texting while driving photoAccording to a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, distracted driving-related crashes caused at least 5,500 deaths and 450,000 injuries during 2009. This data represents only the tip of the iceberg because police reports in many states and communities do not routinely document whether distraction was a factor in vehicle crashes.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. There are three main types of distraction:

Visual—taking your eyes off the road;
Manual—taking your hands off the wheel; and
Cognitive—taking your mind off what you are doing.

All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. The many types of driving distractions include:

•Texting
•Using a cell phone or a smartphone
•Eating and drinking
•Talking to passengers
•Grooming
•Reading, including maps
•Using a navigation system
•Watching a video
•Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. Studies show that when a driver looks away from the road to send an e-mail or text message, he or she is concentrating on something other than the road for 4.6 of every six seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that is like driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

Furthermore, in Illinois it is illegal to compose, read or send a text message at any time while driving; and it is illegal for anyone to use a wireless phone while driving in a school zone or in a construction or maintenance zone unless it is in voice-activated mode.

To help maintain your focus on the road when driving, you should always:

Limit interaction with passengers
• Limit talking while driving
• Keep your eyes on the road
• Keep both hands on the wheel
Avoid driver fatigue
• Stay focused on the road
• Don’t daydream
• Don’t drive if you are tired
• Share driving responsibilities on long trips
Don’t drive when angry or upset
• Emotions can interfere with safe driving. Wait until you have cooled down or resolved problems before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Avoid gawking
• Don’t take your eyes off the road to look at a crash or other activity
If you need to use your cell phone
• Pull off the road and stop in a safe place to use your phone

Information taken from www.distraction.gov and www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Photo from www.osha.gov

 

Illinois E-Waste Laws
E-waste basketBeginning January 1, 2012, the disposal of computers, televisions, and other electronic devices will be banned from Illinois landfills. Under the new state law, electronic waste (E-waste) must be recycled by a registered collector, recycler and/or manufacturer.

While Republic Services will continue providing regular waste and recycling
collection, it will no longer provide curbside pickup for your electronics. The type of E-waste that will not be picked up includes: computers and monitors; printers and scanners; laptops; keyboards and mouses; fax machines; video and game consoles; TVs; cable and satellite receivers; recorders; mp3 players; DVD players and small scale servers.

These items must be dropped off at a registered E-waste collection site, such as the Goodwill store in Bartlett.

Goodwill
1420 S. IL Route 59
630-837-1410.
Donation hours:
Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition, see this list of local Registered Residential E-Waste Collection Sites. For more DuPage County locations, visit dupage.org/recycling or for a complete list of registered collection sites in Illinois, visit epa.state.il.us.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, electronics are complex devices, made with a wide variety of materials, such as lead, nickel, cadmium and mercury. These components could pose a risk to human health or the environment if mismanaged at their end of life.
Additionally, the U.S. EPA has found that recycling electronics recovers valuable materials, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution reduction, energy savings, and resources conserved by extracting fewer raw materials from the Earth.

 

 

Importance of Seat Belt Usage
man using his seatbelt

The Bartlett Police Department wants to continue educating residents about the importance of wearing safety belts while driving or riding inside a vehicle. In 2010, Illinois had a 92.6% compliance rate for seat belts. This was a slight increase from 2009, when the seat belt compliance rate was 91.7%. More importantly, 2010 was the second year in a row for Illinois to record fewer than 1,000 auto fatalities. Increased seat belt usage has been credited for achieving this two-year milestone, which has not occurred since 1921.

Effective January 1, 2012, the State of Illinois will require drivers and passengers of all ages, not just front seat passengers, to wear seat belts.

 

 

 

 

Prescription Drug Drop-off
prescription containerThe Village of Bartlett collects unused prescription drugs, OTC medications and sharps once a month. Items can be dropped off inside Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street, from 9 a.m. to noon on the last Saturday of each month. Individuals dropping off sharps will be responsible for putting the sharps in the container; Village staff WILL NOT be handling the sharps.

Items accepted in the program include, non-controlled prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, liquid medication in leak-proof containers, pet medications, vitamins/supplements, ointments, lotions, homeopathic remedies, suppositories and sharps, such as needles and syringes.

No controlled substances or personal care items will be accepted. Thermometers, IV bags, bloody and infectious waste, empty containers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and full inhalers are also not acceptable.

For more information, call Steven Bosco, 630-837-0800.

 

 

State Emergency Contact Database
The Illinois Secretary of State has a new emergency program that allows Illinois instruction permit, driver’s license and identification card holders to enter their emergency contact information into a voluntary, secure database. In the event of a motor vehicle crash or other emergency situation where a person is unable to communicate directly, law enforcement may access this database to help locate the person’s designated emergency contacts.

To submit information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com and click on “Emergency Contact Database.”

Participants can add, modify or delete their emergency contact information at any time by visiting this web page. If you hold both an Illinois driver’s license or permit and an Illinois ID card, the emergency contact information can be entered for both cards in one transaction if you so choose.

You may select one or two persons as your emergency contacts and are encouraged to share your participation with the contacts you have chosen.

 

Clean Air Counts in Bartlett
If the air around Bartlett starts to seem cleaner, it may have something to do with the Village joining the Clean Air Counts campaign. Clean Air Counts is a northeastern Illinois initiative to reduce ozone-causing emissions to improve air quality and reduce energy consumption. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, City of Chicago, United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The Village of Bartlett is now one of more than 30 different municipalities that have joined this group. As a member of Clean Air Counts, the Village will promote ways in which homeowners, businesses and people can work together to reduce air pollution. Such promotions include articles in the Bartletter, informational handouts at Village Hall for businesses, homeowners and contractors, and news about upcoming programs on the Village’s website. 

For more information on the Clean Air Counts initiative, please visit www.cleanaircounts.org 

 

Be Prepared for Emergencies
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. According to the American Red Cross, “Disaster can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Therefore, the best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.”

Make a family communications plan that includes an evacuation plan and coordinates with your school, work and community communication plans. Practice this plan with your entire family. Build a disaster supplies kit that includes enough supplies for each family member for three days.

Disaster supplies kit
There are six basics you should stock for your home in case of an emergency: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items for medical coemergency kitnditions. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack or a duffel bag.
Water: Store water inplastic containers such as soft drink bottles, one gallon of water per person per day. Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person for drinking, sanitation and food preparation. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
Food: Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Include ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; protein or fruit bars; dry cereal or granola; peanut butter; dried fruit; nuts; crackers; canned juices; non-perishable pasteurized milk.
First Aid Kit: Assemble first aid kits for your home and for each car. Include assorted sizes of bandages, sterile dressings and gauze pads; antiseptic wipes; large medical grade non-latex gloves; adhesive tape; anti-bacterial ointment; cold pack; scissors; tweezers; CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield. Include non-prescription medicines, such as aspirin or pain relievers; anti-diarrhea medication; antacid; syrup of ipecac and/or activated charcoal; laxative.
Clothing and Bedding: Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Include sturdy shoes or work boots; rain gear; blankets or sleeping bags; hat and gloves; thermal underwear; sunglasses.
Tools and Supplies: Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils; emergency preparedness manual; battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries; cash or traveler's checks, change; non-electric can opener, utility knife; small fire extinguisher; tube tent; pliers; tape; compass; matches in a waterproof container; aluminum foil; plastic storage containers; signal flare; paper, pencil; needles, thread; medicine dropper; shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water; whistle; plastic sheeting; map of the area (for locating shelters). For sanitation, stock toilet paper, towelettes; soap, liquid detergent; feminine supplies; personal hygiene items; plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses); plastic bucket with tight lid; disinfectant.
Special Items & Family Documents: Remember family members with special requirements. For babies, formula; diapers; bottles; powdered milk. For adults, heart, high blood pressure and other prescription medication; insulin; denture needs; contact lenses and extra eye glasses.
Don’t forget important family documents. Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container: will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds, passports, social security cards, immunization records, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and companies
inventory of household goods, important telephone numbers, family records (birth, marriage, death certificates).
Store your kit in a place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the kit in the trunk of your car. Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply and replace stored food every six months so it stays fresh. Replace batteries, update clothes, and re-think your kit and family needs yearly.
Emergency Preparedness information taken from the American Red Cross website at www.redcross.org