BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– UAB’s Department of Emergency Management compiled a list of items to keep in an emergency kit.
“I have seen situations where emergency preparedness saved lives,” says Dr. David Pigott.
- Helmets (such as bike, motorcycle, athletic) for every member of the family
- Sturdy shoes, to safely walk through glass and debris
- First aid kit, with extra prescription and nonprescription medications
- Battery-powered flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-powered radio, weather radio
- Food items containing protein (nuts and energy bars), canned food, manual can opener
- Bottled water for each person and pet
- ID such as driver’s license; cash and credit cards
- Cellphone charger
- Baby supplies, if a small child is in the household
- Copy of family emergency and communication plan
Dr. Pigott says research within the medical community found wearing a helmet can save lives.
Friday afternoon, Dr. Pigott stressed the importance of knowing where storm shelters are located and having a plan in place to get there if necessary.
“The literature out there, the medical literature, basically says one of the riskiest things is staying out there in a mobile home. I know we have a lot of people in the Jefferson County and Alabama area who live in mobile homes.”
UAB’s doctors also say it’s important to have more than one way to receive a severe weather warning.