ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — National Preparedness Month may have just ended, but airmen should always be ready for a disaster. A natural disaster can happen without warning so everyone should take preemptive measures to help themselves and their families.
“It can happen at any time,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Ronnel Tennant, 97th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management craftsman. “Even severe thunderstorms can turn into something much worse, and with tornadoes you never know when they could hit. At any given time a disaster can strike. You just never know.”
With that in mind, it is important to always be prepared with some essentials. Here is a list provided by 97th Civil Engineer Squadron and some from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
* Food and water, three days’ supply
* Cellphone, or two-way radio with extra batteries
* Alert radio
* Medications, if you need them
* First aid kit
* Dust mask
The theme for last month was “Don’t wait. Communicate,” highlighting the need for families, co-workers, friends and other people during emergencies.
“Don’t wait until the last minute to get your emergency prepared kits ready and don’t wait to communicate with your family,” Tennant said. “Make sure your family members have a plan. That way if something goes wrong, everyone’s on the same page.”
Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Pennington, 97th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management craftsman, emphasized the importance of communication and having some extra supplies.
“When it comes to emergency kits,” Pennington said. “Definitely a cellphone, with a charged battery. A three days’ supply of food and water for each person. Maps, if you find them beneficial. Those are just basic recommendations, but tailor your emergency kits to your needs.”
The month might be coming to an end, but that does not mean preparedness stops here. There’s always something airmen can do to be ready in the case of an emergency.
For more information and items to put in an emergency kit refer to the 97th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight on base or visit www.beready.af.mil.
Reach Airman Jackson Haddon at 580-481-7700.