Boone County Launches Community Readiness Campaign

COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)

Boone County has launched a community preparedness campaign, “Boone County Ready,” to help better prepare residents for severe weather.

The program was launched in partnership with Boone County’s Joint Office of Emergency Management and Communications, with a mission to “enhance community preparedness, foster collaboration, and build resilience by engaging citizens to actively prepare for emergencies and disasters”.

The campaign has launched a website with comprehensive information on how residents can prepare for inclement weather as well as opportunities to get involved in the community through volunteering.

According to the campaign website, an informed citizen should be aware of:

  • The types of disasters and emergencies likely to occur in their area
  • How local authorities will send notifications and how to receive important information
  • The difference between weather alerts and actions to take in each
  • CPR, first aid and how to use an AED
  • What actions to take to protect yourself in the event of a disaster

Boone County Ready also suggests residents make kits for their homes, workplaces and cars in the event of a weather emergency.

For homes, emergency kits should include:

  • Non-perishable food (minimum 3 day supply)
  • 1 gallon of water per person and pet per day (recommended minimum 3 day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Matches and/or lighters
  • First aid kit
  • Any prescription or over-the-counter medication required
  • Battery or crank radio
  • Books and games
  • Phone charger and/or power bank

For cars, emergency kits should include:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Tool kit and/or multi-purpose utility tool
  • Jumper cables
  • Compass
  • reflective triangles
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Bottled water
  • Phone charger
  • Spare tire, wheel wrench, tripod jack
  • rain poncho
  • Seasonal: cold weather items such as snow brush, shovel, warm clothes, blankets, coat and windshield washer fluid

The campaign also recommends making a “travel bag”, in case extreme weather conditions force an evacuation.

The website also contains several links to volunteer programs available in Boone County, including United Way, American Red Cross, and the City of Columbia Volunteer Program.

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