A trip to the grocery store during a harsh winter storm may be near impossible. The shutdown of highways and interstates, due to storms or flooding, can leave grocery store shelves empty.
Food storage and emergency kits, kept within your home, your place of work and your vehicle, can become comforting—possibly lifesaving—tools during an emergency event.
The Stanwood and Camano Island Relief Societies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will offer a second annual Emergency Preparedness Open House to share information on how to become better prepared for emergencies, plan for possible moments of evacuation, and develop family and neighborhood communication plans.
This year’s event will focus on a variety of topics, including creative food storage recipes, canning techniques, water purification, and emergency foods and tools for college students.
Emergency supply kits will also be focused on, with an emphasis placed on designing kits to fit the necessities of each individual’s age and physical needs.
RaeJean Hasenoehrl, co-planner of the event, noted that special attention will also be placed on pet care. “Our pets are important members of our homes and they rely on us for their comfort and safety,” she said. “The likelihood of your pet surviving an emergency such as a flood or a harsh storm depends so much on the emergency planning you do today.”
Animal emergency supply kits are easily prepared and a pet care buddy system can provide peace of mind for your family and your pets.
The Emergency Preparedness Open House will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 795 Ell Road, Camano Island. Admission to the family-friendly event is free.