Jessica Johnson, B.S.N., R. N., Director of the Emergency Department at Whitesburg Hospital, shared with Rotary Club members some of the steps they could take to prepare for a disaster and/or an emergency event in Letcher County.
The recent fires in Gatlinburg, Tenn., have increased awareness of the need to be prepared should a threatening event such as extreme heat and cold, flooding, fires, tornadoes, power outages and hazardous material incidents occur.
Johnson suggested that each person should have a three-day supply of food on hand and at least one gallon of water per day. Having a battery-operated radio is essential for keeping updated on changes in the area, she said. She noted that it is extremely important to know the location of family members and have a plan of action in case a threatening event occurs unexpectedly.
For more information on disaster preparedness in Letcher County, contact Jessica Johnson at 633- 3500.