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By Max Erikson
Reporter 

How to be ready for anything

 

September 20, 2017



With the recent wildfires and the devastating effects they are having on the region, and the evacuation of people from Cascade Locks, the potential for natural and manmade disasters should remind everyone of the need for preparing for what to do in a worst case scenario.

On Sept. 14, members of Goldendale Cares and Twisted Throttle Family Fun Center, presented two emergency preparedness workshops to discuss potential threats for the area, adherence to safety precautions, and advice on how to build an emergency preparedness kit.

Tamara Lovewell, who organized the event, says it is important for people to be aware of what to do in case of an emergency.

“Preparedness and awareness are vital for people when catastrophe happens,” Lovewell says. “With what’s been going on locally with the fires, it is a good reminder to be ready for these kinds of things.”

An emergency preparedness kit is a small bag that contains many items that come in handy during a disaster. Water and food are the most important items, as is a first aid kit, flashlight, and an emergency hand-crank radio— that doesn’t require batteries—if the electricity goes out.

Many hand-crank radios come with a built in flashlight and a USB port to charge phones and other electronic devices.

The list can be extensive, including rain gear, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation items like soap and bathroom tissue, and is always best to prepare for the disaster most likely to hit your area.

Some of the more probable disasters for Goldendale include, fires, earthquakes, impassable roads, and possible radioactive exposure if the Hanford nuclear site melts down or is ruptured after a massive earthquake.

“It’s good to know what possibilities of disaster we face,” Lovewell says. “It helps in knowing what to plan for.”

With winter weather fast approaching it is also time to stock up on items you will need in case of a power outage such as candles, lanterns, extra blankets, and a portable heat generator.

Websites such as the Red Cross and Center for Disease Control (CDC) have valuable information on constructing an emergency preparedness kit and tips on how to prepare for a disaster.

 

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