Are you ready for a real emergency? In the past several years, our community, as well as others around the St. Louis area, has endured a number of outages due to storms and other acts of God. The Board of Aldermen wants you to be prepared in case of a natural or man-made emergency. Guidelines for emergency preparedness which meet government standards is a priority for the safety and well-being of our residents. We hope you and your loved ones will consider putting together emergency kits, defining meeting locations and communications during a crisis.
In the event of an emergency, the first 3 days are critical. The best way for our residents to help the Police and themselves is to be prepared to survive for 3 days on their own while awaiting outside aid. Priority needs for the community include education on forming a 3-day kit and a communication chain.
When considering your 3-day Preparedness Kit, you want to remember not to make it too heavy to carry. Some suggested items to place in a portable bag to be ready to take with you are as follows:
- First aid kit
- Iodine pills for purifying water
- Ready-to-eat foods such as peanut butter, can goods, hard candy and crackers
- Water-1 gallon per person per day
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items-soap, toilet paper, handy wipes
- Tools-flashlights, matches, knife, can opener, utensils
- Kitchen items-garbage bags, mess kit, paper towels
- Clothes-one change and deodorant
- Medical-prescriptions and special needs
- Family planning list-where to meet if separated and contact person with phone number for someone outside of disaster area
The second area to be addressed is a Communication Chain. The Neighborhood Watch Program is an excellent way for citizens to stay informed during any emergency. The more residents involved in Neighborhood Watch, the better informed and educated we will remain. If you are interested in beginning a Neighborhood Watch program, please contact the City office at 636-225-7873.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training is available to all Twin Oaks residents, free of charge, through our contracted Fire and Police personnel. Please contact 636-225-7873 for further information.