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Page 10 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, June 18, 2015 : =.: i. :: :::, , Hurricane00.00b,,, Co=m=,oa,o..B"'=' ,ao00.Preparedness. te.00On00ool pre000000O,of .umanLessenSat the00en00.00U Stress When A Disaster Strikes Boxes of supplies can pro- nitoly be put into the emer- vide important lifelines when gency supply kits: medicine, storms and other disasters food and power supplies. threaten to uproot a household. "Medicine and other re- It has been 10 years since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina occurred, but the di- saster still affects the lives of many individuals today. Chris- tian Stephenson, an agent with the Mississippi State Uni- versity Extension Service in Han(x.k County, said he was not on the coast when Katrina struck, but he still remembers the aiermath of the event. 'i worked at a hotel during that time, where many people from neighboring states and the coast came to stay when their homes had been de- stroyed," he said. "They lost everything. Now that I work on the coast in Extension, not a day goes by without someone mentioning %he storm.' It is a major thing that continues to impact their lives 10 years out. I remember people in the hotel being completely devas- tated and wondering how they were going to repair their lives from everything that had been taken from them. It was a di- saster like no other." Stephenson said Mississip- pians need to be aware of tropi- cal depressions and storms that might trigger hurricane activity in the Gulf. '%Vatch the activity on the Gulf very closely," he said. 'WIake sure that you have a plan and know where you are going to go in the event of a hurricane. Treat every year like another big one is coming." Two types of kits are nor- mally used when preparing for hurricane season. The "go kit" should be prepared early in the case of a quick evacuation. It is generally designed to last for 72 hours. Emergency supply kits are much more detailed kits, which are often used when evacuation is not neces- sary or not possible. Ryan Akers, assistant Ex- sources found in first-aid kits will have expiration dates. An easy way to monitor this is to have a checklist of items and expiration dates logged on pa- per and included in your kits," he saick "I pack water and nonperishable food/snacks in emergency supply kits. Make sure to have spare batteries in these kits. Always keep them in plastic, airtight bags. Con- sider pets when packing food and medicine." The general rule for storing water is 1 gallon per person per day for three days. Half of each gallon should be for drinking and the other haft for hygiene. "Water should last a long time if the bottle is properly sealed and not damaged," Akers said. "Store water in a dark, cool location, off the ground and away frem chemi- cals and fuels." Include medications for illnesses related to diabetes, heart disease and seizures in these kits. Include all pre- scription medication, and check the expiration date ev- ery six months. Copies of critical paper- work should be included in beth kits. Scanning all of the information onto a CD or a portable thumb drive is an easy way to keep the informa- tion together. Be sure that it is stored in a waterproof container. "Among the items that should be included in these kits are copies of insurance policies, deeds, bank account records, social security cards and/or other identification records, such as birth certifi- cates and proof of citizenship. Copies of wills, medical re- cords, prescription drug his- tories, tax records and other family records are also neces- JACKSON POINT ROAD FLOODED m This photo, taken this past week- end, shows the Jackson Point Road in western Wilkinson County covered by flood waters from the Mississippi BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON m Emergency supply kits include water, food and medical supplies. Preparing kits ahead of time is beneficia] in case of a hurricane or other disaster. Submitted Photo sary," Ake said. "Everyone needs to include an individual and family contact sheet." Battery backups should always be i:ncluded. If the bat- tery dies, then the device is basically worthless. "Standard AA and AAA batteries are included in ma- ny kits, as are C and D bat- teries. I also tend to advocate USB chargers for devices that are compliant," Akers said. "Larger retail outlets sell solar-powered crank flashlight/weather band ra- dio/USB charging stations that do not require the use of batteries." Akers is the coordinator for the organization Missis- sippi Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI, which is a youth preparedness pro- gram that is coordinated throui the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Office of Homeland Secu- rity. For more information regarding supply kits, MyPI or how to become involved in the initiative, contact Ak- ers aL cakers@humansci.ms- state, edu. River. This photo shows the road at Ft. Adams as the Mississippi River level at the gauge in Natchez was about a foot higher than the flood stage at just over 49.0 feet  Submitted Photo UMMC Confers Record 864 Degrees The number of graduates graduate students in the of the University of Missis- health sciences were recog- sippi Medical Center con- nized during UMMC's 59th tinues to climb for the third Commencement May 22 at year in a row. the Mississippi Coliseum in A record 864 physicians, Jackson. That tops 2014's dentists, nurses, allied 846 graduates, and 2014 health professionals and bested the 2013 total of 677. We miss you. On Tuesdav, August 4 Vote to Re-Elect ERNEST N. "ERNIE" SMITH East District Justice Court Judge Wilkinson County Holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from USM. Has over 400 hours in continuing edu- cation through the University of Mississippi Judicial College, ThankYou The family of Glenda Vines McKey would like to thank everyone for the kindness shown her in her long good bye. The food, flowers, vis- its but mostly the prayers Barbara Berry Wright of Bryan, Texas, was a guest over the weekend in the home of Sharon Fairchild. She came especially to at- tend the Fiftieth Reunion of the Woodville Attendance Center's Class of 1965. Andrew, Elise and Mae Foret were of great comfort to of Lake Charles, La., visited her, as well as the rest of over the weekend in the home the family, of their grandparents, Mr. and A special "thank you" for her close friends and co- workers who were with her to the very end. All who knew Glenda will miss her. Mrs. Andy Lewis. They re- turned home on Tuesday with their mother, Mrs. Ryan Foret. Irmiting on Sunday afternoon was Mrs. Sue Rouprich of Ba- ton Rouge. U222.g. 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