Alpha Kappa Alpha: Nu Chi Omega packs flashlights, brochures for area senior citizens

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 08:28 PM

During the month of November, Nu Chi Omega Chapter targeted senior citizens in Vance County to provide information on how to prepare for a disaster. Their objective was to inform senior citizens about the importance of putting together a disaster kit.

Members packaged over 75 flashlights with batteries and information for both older and disabled Americans from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were placed in zip lock bags. These were then distributed to residents at the Vance County Senior Center.

The information brochures were done in large print and contained information on how to prepare a simple disaster kit. Recommendations listed were:

• Get a kit. It should contain water (one gallon per day); food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-operated radio and extra batteries; flashlight and extra batteries; first aid kit; whistle (to signal for help); filter mask or cotton T-shirt (to help filter the air); manual can opener (for food if kit contains canned food); plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter-in-place); garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation); and unique family needs (such as daily prescription medications, infant formula of diapers and important family documents kept in a zip lock plastic bag)

• Make a plan. This should include a family communication plan, a shelter-in-place plan and a plan to get away.

• Be informed. Visit ready.gov to learn more about potential terrorist threats and other emergencies.

• Get involved. Go to citizencorps.gov to learn how to get involved.

Joyce Davis, activity coordinator at the Vance County Senior Center, approved of the kits.