People & Pets Prep for Emergencies

September is emergency preparedness month so the time to prep your go kit is now.

Whether floods, storm damage, or a house fire, emergencies do occur. There might not be a way to avoid them, so the best thing you can do is be prepared for them.

The Resiliency Institute hosted an emergency preparedness class teaching people the basics of being ready.

It starts with a simple 72-hour emergency kit, meant to sustain you for 3 days. In the kit, you want to take care of the 4 needs for survival: food, water, air, and shelter, plus medical supplies.

“It’s going to be a long-term effort, it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight,” said Russell Manthy, a Naperville resident who attended the course. “I especially like that he pointed out it’s not just the stuff you buy, but it’s the skills and knowledge you learn and the continuous awareness that’s most important.”

Business owners need to take some extra precautions. Develop an emergency response plan for your company, and train your employees with it.

“I just feel it’s important for people to be prepared,” said Gary Davis, Emergency Trainer at the Resiliency Institute. “If people can take care of themselves during the various disasters and emergencies, that puts less burden on the various governmental groups that do that and allows them to focus on the people who really need the help.”

Now that you’re prepared for disasters, you can rest easy knowing your pets are too.

Recently the Will County Emergency Management Agency unveiled their new pet disaster relief trailer.

Donated by the American Kennel Club, the trailer is equipped to carry up to 65 pets in the event of an emergency.

“We might have an event where we might have a tornado, we have pets that are loose, they’ve been displaced from their owners so we need to be able to house them temporarily until we can reunite them with their owners and get things back to normal,” said Harold Damron, Director of Will County Emergency Management Agency.

The trailer would eventually make its way to an indoor location, carrying with it supplies like cages, food and water, generators and fans to care for the pets.

The trailer is also equipped with a microchip reader that can help reunite pets with their owners.

This is the first pet disaster relief trailer in the State of Illinois.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek and Blane Erwin report.

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