CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It shouldn’t take much to convince West Virginians to prepare for emergencies. During the last two years they’ve endured the derecho, Superstorm Sandy and a water emergency caused by a chemical called MCHM.

September is National Preparedness Month and it should ring home in West Virginia according to state Health Officer Dr. Letitia Tierney.

“Everybody needs to think about what they’re going to do in an emergency,” she said. “If we are already in the middle of the emergency it’s really too late.”

Dr. Tierney said there are basic supplies that should be in each emergency kit including “non-perishable food items, water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, prescription medication and a supply of over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol(r) and aspirin.” Comfort items and important papers can also be added.

Tierney said storing those things in a plastic container with a lid may be the best option. She said it’s also good to have enough items for 72 hours.

“Usually within then the government is going to be able to come in and assist. So we’re looking for three days,” she said.

For more information, visit the Center for Threat Preparedness website


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  • David Kennedy

    On Saturday, September 27th at Middletown Mall in White Hall (Fairmont) a regional Prepardness Expo will be held.
    That event will begin at 10:00 am.

    The public is cordially invited to attend and speak with the vendors assembled.
    Topics from food storage to life insurance will be discussed at information tables.
    This is a huge event for Marion County and many officials and department heads will be visiting with the public.