'72 On You': Being prepared for 3 days after a severe storm
After any kind of disaster, you and your family may need to survive on your own for several days. FEMA has a "72 On You" initiative to help you prepare for three days on your own.
It's meant to be a guide for people who go to shelters or shelter in place at home.
Chris Neal works with B.R.A.C.E - the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies. Neal said for people to make it through the first 72 hours as comfortably as possible, families should have three gallons of water per person and per pet, per day. Non-perishable food supplies for the same amount of time, a can opener, medications, flashlights and a first aid kit.
Neal explained that help may come much sooner than 72 hours, but if people have their basic supplies on hand, it will give rescuers time to clear roads and set up staging areas for ice, water, and food.
He continued, "If you're able to keep yourself stocked up on those essential supplies, you're gonna make it easier and allow us to go help people with special needs that we need to focus, so you're helping your entire community by being prepared yourself."
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