The end of Daylight Saving Time is a great time for individuals to make sure they are prepared for emergencies.
Check the batteries in smoke alarms, and make sure the alarms work by pushing the test button. It's also a good time for check carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries in both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year.
Make sure emergency preparedness supplies are ready for the fall and winter. A kit should include, at the minimum:
Three-day supply of non-perishable food items and water - one gallon per person per day;
Battery-powered or crank radio;
First aid kit;
Copies of important documents; and
Special items such as medications, diapers and infant formula.
Those who already have an emergency preparedness kit should check it for expired food items, and refresh staples such as water, food and batteries. If there have been changes in prescriptions or dietary needs, add new foods and medications as needed.
Update the emergency contact information in the family communications plan. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact each person in the household can call if they becomes separated during a disaster situation.
Taking simple actions like these can help you be better prepared for emergencies. Find more information on preparedness on redcross.org.