Disaster Preparedness Part 2
By MMS Robotics Team
We are the Molokai Middle School FLL Robotics team — Kaitlin, Lana, Taye and Marianna — and this is our second article to raise awareness about natural disasters. We are encouraging you to do three key things in order to be prepared for a natural disaster: get an emergency supply kit, make a family plan, and be informed about the emergencies that can occur and the appropriate actions for you to take.
All Americans — especially Molokai residents, who have more limited access to off-island resources — should have supplies in order to survive for at least three days after a natural disaster occurs. Below is a list of some basic items your safety kit should include. Please note that this is a starter list and you should consider where you live and the unique needs of your family and create a supply kit to meet your specific needs. Your family should always have a large kit to keep at home for you and your family, and a smaller portable kit that is kept in your vehicle, workplace, or anywhere you spend the majority of your time.
Here is a list of recommended items to include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit, courtesy of FEMA:
• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, as well as extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
• Plastic sheeting and duct take to create a shelter in place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench of pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener for food
We hope this information will be helpful in keeping our community prepared for any natural disasters that may come our way! Please visit our blog, Mmsrobotics2013.blogspot.com, for more information about our team.