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Get Ready Day

As the news unfolds from the Boulder area on the current conditions and the damage caused by ravaging flood waters, I'm incredibly saddened by all of the people forced to leave their homes and evacuate to a safer place. Unfortunately, natural disasters like this along with the hurricanes that rip through our shorelines and tornadoes that wipe out entire cities are usually unexpected, giving us little time to prepare for the sometimes life threatening effects. With the change in climate we will most likely see more extreme conditions in the years to come, which is why we need to prepare for the

During these events you can expect to have power outages and you may be left without electricity, refrigeration, clean tap water and phone service for multiple days. The two things that are needed the most in these situations are safe food to eat and clean water to drink.

Are you prepared? Do you have an emergency stockpile of food and water that could last you for 3 days or longer? Do you know how to keep your food and water safe during and after an emergency?

If not, now is the time to get ready!

September 17th is Get Ready Day which is a campaign launched by the American Public Health Association offering free resources and advice on how to prepare for natural disasters–before they happen.

Here are some tips for creating your stockpile, which you can build a little at a time:

  • Have at least a 3-day supply of food AND water
  • How much water? 1 gallon per person per day
  • Choose foods that don't need refrigeration and are low sodium
  • Throw in those left-over napkins, plastic utensils and condiment packets from your fast food ventures
  • Include flashlights, can opener, radio, batteries
  • You may also need prescriptions, diapers, pet food or contact lens solution
  • Stock up on canned foods/batteries when there is a sale
  • Put your stockpile somewhere you won't be tempted to "borrow" from it
  • Store in an easy-to-access cool, dark place
  • When changing your clocks for daylight savings time, replace missing or expired products


Visit the Get Ready Day website at to learn more about emergency preparedness and 'Recipes for Disaster'. These recipes were developed specifically for this campaign and offer good-tasting, nutritious ideas without using electricity or cooking gas!

Don't wait until it's too late.

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