Safe Sunday promotes disaster preparedness

Sunday, September 12, 2010 | 5:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Mid-Missouri faith-based organizations took some time out of their weekend to participate in Safe Sunday Disaster Preparedness Day.

With 13 counties and more than 200 organizations taking part, the project intended to spread awareness about preparation in the case of a disaster.

Basic emergency supplies

According to the Region F Homeland Security Oversight Committee, a basic emergency supply kit should include:

  • A battery-powered radio.
  • Canned or dried food.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Bottled water.
  • Flashlight.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Prescription medicine.
  • Clean clothes and sturdy shoes.
  • Extra money and an extra credit card.
  • Sturdy trash bags.

“Much has been done over the past several years to educate citizens about the importance of disaster preparedness," Lisa Binkley, coordinator for the Region F Homeland Security Oversight Committee, said in a news release.

The Region F Homeland Security Oversight Committee organized events across mid-Missouri, hoping to educate 15,000-plus residents.

American Red Cross chapters, community emergency response teams and local emergency personnel, among others, helped complete the effort. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services supplied disaster preparation materials.

According to the news release, people can prepare for a disaster with three steps:

  1. Create a plan for your family.
  2. Prepare an emergency supplies kit.
  3. Listen for information about what to do and where to go during an emergency.

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John Wesley Smith September 13, 2010 | 9:32 a.m.

It's good to see such a concerted local effort among faith based organizations. There's a growing amount of information and products online for those wishing to take further steps toward personal and family preparedness. One such source is

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