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FACC Members Learn How to be Prepared

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Lea Ann Curry talks about the items she stores in her personal disaster bucket.

Lea Ann Curry talks about the items she stores in her personal disaster bucket.

“If you were forced to evacuate your home at 2 a.m., what would you take with you?” Lea Ann Curry, retired Red Cross disaster nurse and RSVP volunteer, asked FACC members during the general membership meeting on Aug. 18. Curry has served in the aftermath of many disasters including hurricanes Andrew and Katrina, tornadoes, fires, volcanic eruptions, and the terrorist attacks on the Oklahoma Federal Building and the World Trade Center on 9/11.

During her 30-minute presentation, “Disaster in a Bucket,” Curry explained the importance of having a family disaster plan not only in case of natural disasters but also man-made disasters such as plane and train crashes, chemical spills, and toxic fume leaks. Curry recommended using paint buckets for each family member to store personal items in case of an emergency evacuation. Her suggested bucket items include a flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, travel-size toiletries, a 30-day supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications, toilet paper, a disposable camera, snacks, playing cards and other small games, reading material, an extra pair of inexpensive sneakers, and three changes of clothing.

Other disaster plan tips include listing in-case-of-emergency (ICE) numbers on cell phones, assigning each family member with a specific responsibility, such as unplugging appliances and locking doors and windows in case of an emergency evacuation, and saving copies of all important personal documents, bills, lists, titles, and deeds on a flash drive in the event that the originals are lost or destroyed.

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