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Thursday, June 19, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen Farmer's Market Now Open in Norwalk ! Simple Steps Can Make The Difference When Disaster Hits  emergency kit, should a dis- aster strike: Water, one gallon per person per day Food, a three-day supply of nonperishable food - A weather radio Flashlight - Batteries - First-aid kit - Whistle, to signal fer belp - Dust mask Plastic sheeting and duct tape to keep out contaminated air Moist towels, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation - Wrench/pliers, to turn off utilities Can opener Local maps Cell phone with chargers, if access to a portable generator is available Pet food and extra water for pets. One way to simplify your power outage kit is with an automatic standby generater system. Standby generators keep the power on when a home's primary power source goes out, allowing homeown- ers to run appliances like air conditioners heaters, refrig- erator:dothes washedryers and lights. That means there is less of a need for things like nonperishable foods or flash- lights in the event of a power outage. "With 3.5 mil] n Americans experiencing a power outage each week, oRentimes due to unexpected eergency situ- ations, an automatic standby generater is the most conve- nient way to keep your fam- ily safe and comfortable when the fieighborhood lights go out," Redman said. (NAPS)--Make a kit and have a plan. Those are the two simple steps emergency management officials and experts say fam- ilies should take before the unexpected occurs, whether it's a hurricane, tornado, bliz- zard or power outage. "As a company with a suc- cessful history of addressing emergency power needs, we've seen how planning ahead is critically important to'ensure your family stays safe and comfortable imme- diately following a disaster," said Harold Redman, presi- dent of Briggs & Stratton Home Power Products Group, exclusive licensee of Standby Generater Systems by GE. Briggs & Stratton is also a National Preparedness Month coalition member, which is sponsored by the Ready Campaign. The Ready Campaign, a , national public service adver- tising campaign lJroduced in partnership with Citizen Corps--FEM/s grassroots organization--and The Ad- vertising Council, publishes a list of emergency kit essen- tials and necessary commu- nications plan steps that emergency management offi- cials are suggesting families review knd implement before an emergency situation is at hand, Make an emergency preparedness kit Successfully overcoming an emergency weather situation or disaster can mean surviv- ing on your own for a time. Water and food seem like no- .....  but other b- ous.items on the list are just = as  Here are fl, te eseen- : ..... td. the seady Campaign sug- sts families pack in their = . .L .. Have an emergency plan Because family members may not be together when disaster strikes, and com- munication lines could be fractured, it's important to have a solid plan in place to contact one another and regroup, the Ready Campaign suggests. It's best to make a plan ahead of time so every- one follows the same proto- col and stays on the same page. Some things to consider in your plan are: - Establish a family emergency contact. That per- son can act as a point per- son for the family members who can coordinate subse- quent directions: dentify an out-of-town contact. Depending on the sit- uation, it may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than a call in town. The out-of-town contact could be in a better position to coordi- nate with separated family members. Ensure every family member knows your home phone number and has access to a cell phone to call the emergency contact. Teach family members how to use text messaging, which can sometimes get around phone network dis- ruptions that can hinder phone calls. - Subscribe to alert ser- vices if available. Many com- munities offer emergency alerts via e-mail or text mes- saging that inform users about bad weather, road clos- ings, local emergencies, etc. Visit www.ready.gov for more tips on keeping your family safe during emergency situations. Visit www.power moreforless.cem for more in- formation about automatic standby generator systems. IDid You Know? I (NAPS)--For information on visiting Orlando, Florida, discount attraction tickets, and to order a free vacation planning kit, go to Visit Orlando.corn orcaU (800) 551- 0181. Also connect at Twitter. com]VisitOrlando or Face book.corn/Visit Orlando. .. 'i] ............ I A ! i  : ............. i j"I! i Whe data is sent to your , printer, security solutions are vital. That's why many small- and medium-sized- business owners consider HP Access Control--a. suite of solutions designed to enhance security, reduce costs and improve productivity. Learn more at www.hp.com/go/hpac. To keep winter boots smelling fresher, place scented cat litter into a sachet. Cat's Pride Fresh & Light litter has a tightweight formula that comes in a fresh-scent fra- grance. To learn more, visit www.catspride.com or follow them on faeebook.com/cats pride. African elephants have only four teeth with which to chew their food. Staff.photos by Mary Lou Gray