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Dodging the bullet


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We were fortunate this past week when the remnants of Hurricane Isaac slipped into White Hall and Redfield.

Unlike Pine Bluff, we escaped the extensive flooding.

There were scattered power outages here that accompanied the more than eight-inches of rain and high winds. No houses were flooded in Redfield and water entered one house in White Hall that may be tied to a plumbing issue, authorities said. One person was injured when a tree fell on a moving vehicle on Dollarway Road in a freak accident.

While we are drying out and the sun is shining, it might be worthwhile to take stock of what supplies would be needed to survive on your own in a real emergency down the road. This means having sufficient quantities of food, water, and other supplies to last occupants of your home for at least three days.

Public safety and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.

Help may take hours or even days to arrive when trees block streets and the roadways are flooded.

Basic services — electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones — could be cut off for days, or even a week or more.

A household emergency kit should include one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days; a three-day supply of non-perishable food; first aid kit; a battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with extra batteries; flashlights and extra batteries; garbage bags for personal sanitation; tools to turn off utilities; can opener; cell phone with chargers; first aid book; prescription medicine and glasses; and important family documents in a waterproof container.

Disasters can arrive with no advance warnings any day of the year. Prepare for the worst, but pray we are passed again.