NEW CITY, NY, – Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind residents to set their clocks back one hour as Daylight Savings time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 7th. Along with changing your clocks, this is also a good time to check your emergency supply kit and your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.
“It’s very important to be prepared for emergencies because they can happen with little or no warning. That is why having an emergency supply kit and a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm is so important,” said Dr. Ruppert.
Have a two-week supply of food and water stored in your home, with at least one gallon of water per person per day. Choose foods that are ready to eat, such as peanut butter and canned beans, fruits, and vegetables. Remember your pets too! They need their own food and water. Your emergency supply kit should have a well-stocked first-aid kit, including medications to reduce fever and pain, and a fever thermometer. The supply kit should also contain flashlights, a hand-operated can opener, a wind-up or battery-operated radio or TV, batteries, and copies of important documents. Depending on your family’s needs, you may also need other supplies.
Stock up on canned vegetables or batteries when there is a sale. Share “bulk” items with a friend, co-worker, or neighbor who can serve as your “preparedness buddy.” Once your emergency supply kit is complete, don’t be tempted to “borrow” from it the next time you run out of batteries or need beans for a recipe. Remember: your emergency supply kit is for emergencies!
Make sure that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are in good working order and that they are not expired. If needed, change the batteries in these alarms when you change your clocks. Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten years old or if they don’t respond when tested. All new smoke alarms should be replaced with the new 10-year sealed smoke alarm that never needs a battery replacement. To find out how old a smoke alarm is: the date of manufacture is located on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced ten years from that date. For carbon monoxide alarms, always check the manufacturer’s instructions and expiration date. The Health Department’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program can assist low to moderate-income residents and seniors at no charge, with battery changes and alarm replacements, as supplies last. For more information, call (845) 364 – 3290 or (845) 364 – 3292 or visit http://bit.ly/HealthyNeighborhoodsProgram.
Visit http://www.getreadyforflu.org/Plan-Ahead/Clocks-and-Stocks for fact sheets and checklists, games, and other materials for adults and children. For more information, visit the Health Department’s web page at http://bit.ly/PublicHealthPreparedness.