Office of Homeland Security

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Every year nearly half of all Americans will make at least one New Year’s resolution. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is urging Kentuckians to make a resolution that is both important and easy to keep: to prepare themselves, their families and their businesses for emergencies.

“We want 2007 to be a year when Kentucky’s families and businesses take steps to prepare for emergencies,” said (Ret) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  “Emergencies can range from the inconvenient to devastating. But Kentuckians can take some simple steps in advance to minimize their impact on our families and businesses. In this time when so many of us are making resolutions to better our lives, the message of preparedness is truly fitting.”

By visiting or, individuals and businesses can learn how to prepare their families and workplaces for emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.  Materials, including family communication plan templates and sample business continuity plans, are available on the website.

In a recent national survey conducted by The Ad Council, 91 percent of Americans agreed that taking some simple steps to prepare could help protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency.  However, only 55 percent had taken at least one of the steps recommended by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security’s Avoid the Panic Button: Protect Your Family campaign, including getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan and getting involved in local Citizen Corps or volunteer opportunities.  

In a basic emergency supply kit, the Avoid the Panic Button: Protect Your Family campaign recommends including the following:

One gallon of water per person per day, for three days – remember to include enough for your pets, too.
At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.  Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water and choose foods your family will eat: ready-to-eat canned meats, peanut butter, protein or fruit bars, dry cereal or granola.  Also pack a manual can opener and eating utensils
Battery-powered or hand crank radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Local maps
Protect Your Family also encourages Kentuckians to think about the special needs of family members:

·         Prescription medications and glasses

·         Infant formula and diapers

·         Pet food, extra water for your pet, leash and collar

o        Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

·         Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

For a complete list of items, Kentuckians are encouraged to visit to download a free emergency supply checklist.

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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the Commonwealth's coordination and collaboration efforts with public and private preparedness partners to ensure Kentucky is Ready and Prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit