Richmond Co. EMA gets families prepared for emergencies

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Alicia Turner said she remembers her first encounter with a natural disaster.
"It was a tornado and it was pretty scary," Turner said. "I was very little but I was banging on the car, telling my mom to hurry up."
She said being in this situation caused her to panic but now that she's older, she says she knows what to do.
"You want to be calm because when you're in a panic mode, you don't stop to think about what you need to do to get yourself to a safe situation," said Turner.
This is the message that Turner is teaching her children and Turner and other families got to learn first hand from CSRA first responders, at the inaugural Family Emergency Ready Day, Saturday afternoon.
"Especially with Tropical storm Karen, we want people to know what to have in their emergency kit, know some of the agencies in the area, that can help," said Mie Lucas, the emergency coordinator for Richmond County E.M.A.
Those agencies, ranging from the American Red Cross to the Augusta Fire Department, said this event allowed people to put a face with the name.
"We want people to know who we are," said Chief Jason Beard, the Fire Marshall for Augusta Fire Department. "In case they were confronted with an emergency, they will know who to call and we're there to help them at all times."
Still the most important take away from today is how to best prepare for an emergency.
"Do you know how you're going to get out of your house if you need to evacuate? Have a plan, so if you have to evacuate. We do the five minute test: if you have to leave your house in 5 minutes, do you have everything in one place that, so that you can evacuate and be in a safe area," Lucas said.

Below are a list of items that the EMA recommends you have in your emergency preparedness kit.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger