For Immediate Release
June 1, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Encourages Kansans to Prepared during National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month. The National Safety Council established this in 1996 as way to increase public awareness of safety and health risks and ultimately decrease the number of accidental injuries and deaths.

“To help ensure Kansans stay safe in the event of a natural disaster or other public health emergency, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reminding Kansans to protect themselves by being prepared,” said Roderick Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

While the incidence rate for injuries or deaths due to weather events or attacks is low, expect the unexpected and be prepared for emergencies.

“As we’ve seen in recent years, Kansas is no stranger to emergencies like tornados and floods,” stated Mindee Reece, Director of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness at KDHE. “Fortunately, there are some steps that we can all take in order to prepare for the next emergency.”

Those steps include assembling emergency supplies.  These supplies should be kept in the home and should include enough food and water for three days for all family members.  One gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation is the recommended amount to be kept on hand for emergency purposes.  Information on keeping food safe in an emergency can be found at www.foodsafety.gov/keep/.

In addition to food and water, an emergency supply kit should include:

Additional Items to consider adding to an emergency supply kit include:

Emergency supplies should be kept in containers that allow them to be easily transported in case there is a need to evacuate. 
Other steps to prepare for an emergency include making plans with family members to evacuate or shelter in place, figuring out ways to stay in touch during an emergency, and staying informed about current events and developing situations that can affect the health and safety of the community.
For more information, visit the Individuals and Families page of the KDHE Bureau of Public Health Preparedness website at http://www.kdheks.gov/cphp/families.htm or the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s page at www.ready.gov.