Building your Disaster Preparedness Kit One Item per Week

 

Have you ever wanted to build a disaster preparedness kit but after paying your bills, feeding your family and covering day to day expenses, there is just very little left over and no way possible you could buy an entire disaster preparedness kit. Even if you could buy a kit, what needs to be put in your disaster preparedness kit?   Well, Mr. B Ready has put together a simple plan to build a disaster preparedness kit 1 piece at a time, and 1 week at a time. Will this kit protect you tomorrow? Certainly not, but we have prioritized the items that belong in the kit and after a period of time, you will have the basic necessities covered in your kit.

Note: Always be sure to write the date on water, food, batteries etc when they are purchased. After your 1st year of building the kit, you will simply be rotating stock that expires going forward. This kit does not include medication that should be the first thing you set aside in your kit.

Week 1 – Purchase a plastic crate for storage

Week 2 – 1 Large Claw Hammer

Week 3 – Duct Tape (4 rolls)

Week 4 – Adjustable Wrench 12″

Week 5 – Flashlight and batteries

Week 6 – 2 gallons of water

Week 7 – 1 plastic jar of Peanut Butter

Week 8 – Protein Bars, Fruit Bars or Dry Cereal / Granola

Week 9 – Fire extinguisher

Week 10 – 1 Can Opener and 1 large box of matches

Week 11 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 12 – Battery powered radio / Batteries

Week 13 – First Aid kit or supplies

Week 14 – Blankets (1 per every 2 persons in the family)

Week 15 – 2 gallons of water

Week 16 – $25.00 cash in an envelope

Week 17 – Purchase a 2nd plastic crate for storage

Week 18 – Cellular phone charging cord

Week 19 – 1 plastic jar of peanut butter

Week 20 – Box of large plastic trash bags

Week 21 – Mosquito repellant

Week 22 – 2 gallons of water

Week 23 – Additional $25.00 cash in the envelope

Week 24 – Dust masks 2 per person in family

Week 25 – 2 packages of moist sanitation towelettes

Week 26 – 1 bottle of rubbing alcohol or peroxide

Week 27 – Additional first aid supplies

Week 28 – Large package of plastic zip ties

Week 29 – 2 gallons of water

Week 30 – 1 plastic jar of peanut butter

Week 31 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 32 – More batteries for the flashlight and radio

Week 33 – Another flashlight (make sure to get a flashlight that takes the same size batteries as the one purchased during week 5)

Week 34 – Box of large plastic trash bags

Week 35 – Hard helmet (protective bump cap)

Week 36 – Rain Ponchos (1 for each person in the family)

Week 37 – 1 large plastic tarp

Week 38 – 1 pair of thermal socks for each person in the family

Week 39 – Protein Bars, Fruit Bars or Dry Cereal / Granola

Week 40 – 1 – 5 gallon bucket

Week 41 – 4 rolls of paper towels

Week 42 – 4 rolls of toilet paper

Week 43 – 2 bottles of Hand sanitizers

Week 44 – 1 package of bars of soap

Week 45 – 2 boxes of drier sheets

Week 46 – 1 large plastic tarp

Week 47 – Canned vegetables (4 cans)

Week 48 – 2 gallons of water

Week 49 – More batteries to match the size you need for radio and flashlights

Week 50 – Box of long burning candles

Week 51 – 2 boxes of fire starter blocks

Week 52 – Congratulations, purchase anything you would like to add to your disaster Preparedness kit.

United Way offers Disaster Volunteer Reception Center Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Kim Rogers-Hatfield
Vice President of Engagement
United Way of Madison County
P. O. Box 1200, Anderson, IN 46015
765-608-3067
United Way offers Disaster Volunteer Reception Center Training
MADISON COUNTY- On Thursday, May 24 at 6:30-8:30 pm, United Way of Madison County is seeking volunteers to learn how to set up and run a Disaster Volunteer Reception Center.
When a disaster strikes our community, good people will volunteer.  However, trained volunteers are necessary to help deploy them where they are needed the most.  A disaster could happen to our community at any time. Madison County needs trained volunteers ready to provide assistance such as a Volunteer Reception Center, known as a VRC, in case of a large disaster. VRC volunteers work registration, logistics, and phones to help keep volunteer recovery efforts organized and the most efficient.
This one-night training will be held on Thursday, May 24, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Aletheia Fellowship & Ministry Center, 2505 Faith Drive, Anderson.  Register online in advance at www.unitedwaymadisonco.org/vrcvolunteer.  Contact Kim at 765-608-3067 or k.hatfield@unitedwaymadisonco.org for more details.
United Way of Madison County is currently the lead organization for the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) for Madison County.
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ABOUT UNITED WAY OF MADISON COUNTY: United Way of Madison County is improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of community by focusing on the building blocks to a good life: Education, Income and Health. Governed by an 18 member volunteer board of directors, United Way of Madison County has been a member in good standing of United Way of America since 1973. For more information, contact 765-643-7493 or visit our Website at www.unitedwaymadisonco.org.

 

Kim Rogers-Hatfield, CVA

Vice President of Engagement
United Way of Madison County
765-608-3067

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT

..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS… The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds…low relative humidity levels and dry fine fuels, which is in effect from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening.

* Winds…Southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Relative Humidity…As low as 20 percent.

* Temperatures…In the upper 70s and lower 80s.

* Impacts…any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

* AFFECTED AREAS: BOONE … CARROLL … CLINTON … DELAWARE … FOUNTAIN … HAMILTON … HANCOCK … HENDRICKS … HENRY … HOWARD … JOHNSON … MADISON … MARION … MONTGOMERY … MORGAN … PARKE … PUTNAM … RANDOLPH … RUSH … SHELBY … TIPPECANOE … TIPTON … VERMILLION … WARREN

Instructions:

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

A Silver Alert has been issued

***Cancellation***

Silver Alert 013-2018 issued on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on Nathaniel Selous Ellenbogen has been cancelled as of Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:26 am. For more information on this cancellation, please contact the Alexandria Police Department at 765-642-0221.

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared, repeating, a Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Alexandria, Indiana.  Alexandria, Indiana is 56 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Nathaniel Selous Ellenbogen is an 24 year old white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, brown hair, and hazel eyes.

 He was last seen Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00 am in Alexandria, Indiana and is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.

He was last seen driving a black 1998 Buick Regal Indiana plate D577RU.

If you have any information on Nathaniel Selous Ellenbogen, contact the Alexandria Police Department at 765-642-0221 or 911.

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Funeral Arrangements Announced for Fallen Firefighters

Funeral arrangements have been announced for the two Pipe Creek Township Firefighters who lost their lives on April 2, 2018 in an aircraft crash at Marion Airport in Marion, IN.

Viewing Information

Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home
415 South Anderson Street
Elwood IN 46036.

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Firefighter Kyle Hibst
Monday April 9th
1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Firefighter David Wittkamper
Tuesday April 10th
1:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Funeral Information

Full Firefighter Joint Funeral Services

Elwood Jr/Sr High School

1137 North 19th Street  Elwood IN 46036

Wednesday April 11, 2018

11:00 AM

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Any agency who wishes to attend the funeral are invited to do so.  Contact information is listed below for agencies who wish to be a part of the funeral procession.

Chief Richard Shepherd, Pipe Creek Township Fire Department
Cellular (765) 810-3979

This press release is sent on behalf of the Pipe Creek Township Fire Department.

Pipe Creek Fire Dept Memorial Fund 

A fund has been established for donations to help support the families of Firefighters David Wittkamper and Kyle Hibst. All donations can be mailed to either:

Madison County Federal Credit Union
7953 East St Rd 28
Elwood IN 46036
Attn: Pipe Creek Fire Dept Memorial Fund

Or to:
Pipe Creek Fire Dept
6923 West St Rd 28
Elwood In 46036
Attn: Pipe Creek Fire Dept Memorial Fund

Any and all donations will go directly to the families of our lost brothers.

Any questions please feel free to contact

Chief Richard Shepherd
765-552-2020.

 

This message is posted on behalf of the Pipe Creek Township Fire Department.

Severe Weather Update – Tornado Watch until 8:00PM

Severe weather has threatened Madison County all day with heavy rain and lightning.  These storms are expected to increase in severity this afternoon and more rain is expected.   Since midnight, Madison County has received between 1.5″-2.0″ of rain on top of ground already saturated from the recent snow fall.  This afternoon and evening, additional rainfall is expected which will cause additional flooding of roads, creeks and rivers.  Madison County has sandbags available for our residents at the Madison County Highway Department located on W 8th Street in Anderson, IN.

With these storms this afternoon, there is a likelihood of large hail, damaging wind, heavy rain and the threat of tornado activity.   Residents need to stay alert this afternoon and evening to the National Weather Service, Television, Social Media or they can sign up to receive emergency alerts from Madison Co EMA by texting MadisonCoEMA to 888-777.

Fallen Firefighters to be Brought Home Today

Time:  11:30
Date:  4/3/18
Release #2

Fallen Firefighters to be Brought Home Today

Members of the Pipe Creek Township Fire Department will be travelling to Ft. Wayne, IN to pickup fallen firefighters Kyle Hibst and David Wittkamper and return them to Madison County, IN.  The firefighter escort will travel south on I69 exiting at State Road 28 and then proceed west to Elwood, IN passing in front of the Pipe Creek Township Fire Department located at 6923 West Street Road 28 Elwood, IN 46036
.  Several local fire, ems and other first responders will be joining this escort to pay tribute to the fallen firefighters.

All News Media is welcome to setup at Pipe Creek Township Fire Department or anywhere along the escort route.   PIO Todd Harmeson will be available at Pipe Creek Township Fire Department.

Please monitor our twitter account @MadisonCoEMA for timing information.  At this time, we anticipate the escort to reach State Road 28 and I69 between 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.    When the escort leaves Ft. Wayne we will have a more exact time frame.

Madison County EMA will be assisting with traffic control along St. Road 28 between I69 and Elwood.

 

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This press release is being sent on behalf of the Pipe Creek Township Fire Department.

 

 

Flood Warning Issued for Madison County

Flood Warning National Weather Service Indianapolis IN

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a * Flood Warning for…

Southern Madison County in central Indiana…

Randolph County in east central Indiana…

Southern Delaware County in east central Indiana…

Henry County in east central Indiana…

Hamilton County in central Indiana…

* Until 345 PM EDT Tuesday *

At 941 AM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain which will cause flooding. 1 to 1.5 inches of rain has already fallen with much more expected through the rest of the morning. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Muncie, Anderson, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, New Castle, Winchester, Westfield, Yorktown, Cicero, Pendleton, Fortville, Union City, Chesterfield, Ingalls, Knightstown, Lapel, Edgewood, Daleville and Parker City.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life. A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. All interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately. 

Death of 2 Firefighters from Pipe Creek Township Fire Department in Madison County, IN

Date: April 2, 2018

Time: 10:00 PM

Release: #1

Death of 2 Firefighters from Pipe Creek Township Fire Department in Madison County, IN

The Pipe Creek Township Fire Department is saddened by the loss of two firefighters from their department tonight.   Firefighters Kyle Hibst and David Wittkamper were killed when their plane crashed at Marion Airport in Marion, IN late this afternoon.

Kyle Hibst joined the fire department on 2/12/2011 and served as a firefighter and EMS Chief for the department.   Kyle’s wife Kim Hibst is also a member of the fire department. Kyle is the father of one young boy.

David Wittkamper joined the fire department on 5/12/2007 and served as a firefighter.   David’s father and grandfather were past members of the Pipe Creek Fire Department and David grew up with the firefighters as his family. David is married to Autumn Wittkamper.

Chief Richard Shepherd is saddened by the loss of these two great individuals who have given so much back to their family, community and this fire department. The members of the Pipe Creek Fire Department are all at a loss as they come together to help each other thru this difficult time.   Chief Shepherd is grateful for the outpouring of support from the emergency services in Madison County. Please respect the privacy of our firefighters, and the families who have lost loved ones tonight.

Funeral arrangements are pending, and will be released later this week.

 

 

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This press release is being sent on behalf of the Pipe Creek Township Fire Department. Todd Harmeson, PIO MCEMA will be the point of contact at this time for media questions or comments.

 

Contact Information

Cellular Phone: (765) 602-5402

Email: tharmeson@madisoncounty.in.gov