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DST and Emergency Preparedness Reminders

November 2, 2013

This is a reminder that Daylight Savings Time comes to an end tonight at 2:00 AM (2:00 Sunday). That means that the clocks get turned back an hour tonight, and we gain an hour of sleep. Don’t forget to turn the clocks back before you go to bed (or at 2 AM, if you’re up!) so that you will be on the right time in the morning.

Along with turning the clocks, here are a few other things to check on when the clocks get adjusted. It is a good habit to perform these checks and changes biannually, when we spread ahead and fall behind.

* Check and/or change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors. Remember that alarms older than 10 years should be replaced. Be sure all are in proper working order.

* Check on your emergency supply kit, and be sure it is ready should it be needed this winter. Your kit should contain plenty of fresh water, nonperishable foods, blankets, a flashlight, a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, and any medication you or your family will need. Be sure you have enough supplies to last for at least 5 days. You should have these supplies in your home and also in your vehicle. This is a good opportunity to be sure your winter to-go kit is ready for the treacherous travel to come in the car.

* Be sure the batteries in your emergency and portable radios, scanners and HT’s are fresh, working, ready to go. It is a good idea to check on these regularly, but you may want to change them or charge the battery pack up to be sure. It may be a good idea to “exercise” the radio a bit by leaving it on for a while if it hasn’t been used lately.

* If you have a generator, power it up for a while and be sure it is working properly for the coming winter.

By taking a few hours twice a year to check and prepare, you can increase your chances of successfully making it through an emergency event should it occur.

Happy scanning, and enjoy your extra hour of sleep (or scanning!) tonight!

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