Barbara Stone presented the program, “Family Disaster Kits,” at the recent meeting of the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club.
The meeting and pot luck luncheon were held at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall.
Stone stressed the importance of planning a family disaster kit. She had members write down what they would include in the kit. Items that should be considered for a kit include: water (one gallon per person per day), food (foods that don’t need cooking), flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs, battery operated or hand-crank radio (NOAA Radio), first aid kit and manual, medications (7-days supply), and medical items.
Other items include: multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents and important pictures, cell phone with an extra battery and charger, family and friends emergency contact information, cash and coins, emergency blanket, map of the local area, whistle, one change of clothing, manual can opener, pet supplies if you have pets, an extra set of keys, pack of cards to provide entertainment, dust mask, moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties for personal sanitation, wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. Chronic disease considerations were also discussed.
“When a widespread emergency occurs, if you are at home and uninjured, you should stay home unless instructed by emergency personnel. Watch television or listen to the radio for any news about your area,” according to the presentation.
Debbie James passed out Disaster Kits for everyone and told what the kit included.
Nancy Rosen, special community service project chairman, reported that she and Margaret Thomas visited Davis Life Care Center and donated 20 pairs of socks, four purses, and 10 miscellaneous items for bingo prizes. Rosen thanked Liz Crosby for donating the socks. Dianna Winfree circulated hand-crafted cards for Davis Life Care.
Delores Kelley reported that the club collected 1,608 food items so far for the Transformation Project at Centennial Fellowship Church.
Brenda Robinson, club president thanked everyone for participating in club, county, and state activities. Members attended a Scrapbook Workshop at the County Extension Office.
Club members attended the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council State Meeting at Hot Springs. The attendees took classes, made crafts, and enjoyed excellent speakers. Crosby, Kaye Richardson, Debbie James, Rosen, Carolyn Harness, Connie Herrin, Robinson, Kelley, and Jody Stout attended from the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club.
James and Herrin taught craft classes, and Rosen served on a panel for the Project Books Class. During the Awards Ceremony, Rosen received a certificate and check for the Heart-N-Hands project book that she had submitted. James received a certificate and a check for the county book.
For Show and Tell, Patsy Brown showed the club a quilt top she made.
Upcoming activities include: “Christmas in July” at the County Extension Office at 10 a.m. July 26, and the Jefferson County EHC Family Picnic at the County Extension Office at 10 a.m. Aug. 25.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.