Time to Change Your Clocks and Check Your Emergency Supply Kit


Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 10, and the Rockland County Department of Health reminds you to change your clocks and take time to check your emergency supply kit. Is it missing any items? Is anything out-of-date, leaking or damaged?

If you haven’t created an emergency supply kit yet, now is the time to do it! Have at least a three-day supply of food and water stored in your home, with at least one gallon of water per person per day. Choose foods that don’t need to be refrigerated and are not high in salt. Remember your pets! They need their own food and water. Your emergency supply kit should also contain flashlights, a manual can opener, a radio, batteries and copies of important documents. Depending on your family’s needs, you may also need other supplies, such as contact lens solution or diapers.

If it costs too much for you to buy everything at once, pick up one or two items every time you go to the grocery store. Stock up on canned vegetables or batteries when there is a sale. Bulk “club” stores can also help you save money on your supplies, especially if you split a case with a friend, co-worker or neighbor, who can serve as your “preparedness buddy.” Once you’ve gotten your emergency supply kit together, put it where you won’t be tempted to “borrow” from it the next time you run out of batteries or need beans for a recipe. Remember: your emergency supply kit is for emergencies!

Of course, this information is good year-round: you don’t have to wait for the clock change to create or update your emergency supply kit. And as always, don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks, and check to make sure the devices are in good working order.

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