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Emergency preparedness - food, tools and insurance

From Emory Kidd, Director
Metcalfe County Emergency Management

Tips during September preparedness month: Family gardening and raising chickens or other small livestock can be helpful in emergency situations where food is not plentiful.

Even in urban areas, raising a few chickens or bees, or even goats, is a possibility. And this is Kentucky, after all, hunting is also a way to fill the larder. This might mean you need to learn how to butcher as well.

What about household tools? Do you have a well-stocked household tool kit, not just the usual hammer, but saws, rope and tarp? Can you use them without power or fuel? Small tools, also, pocketknives, multitools, etc. should be something every member of the family knows how to use. And when it comes to knives, do you know how to, and have the tools to, sharpen them?

Another task is to review and if necessary, update your property insurance. Do you know what is covered, and what isn’t? Do you have all of your serial numbers for expensive items recorded and placed in that firesafe box? Every time you bring in a new item – write down the serial number, where you bought it and the price – before you turn it on for the first time.

This story was posted on 2021-09-30 07:27:07
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