Commissary readies patrons for Mother Nature’s worst scenarios

| June 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

DECA_cart_logo_color_wJessica Rouse
Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs

FORT LEE, Va. — It’s disaster preparedness time, and shopping at the commissary can prepare customers for severe weather..

To help customers prepare for severe storms, tornados, hurricanes, flooding and the damage they and other natural disasters may cause, the Defense Commissary Agency and its industry partners are offering items needed for survival kits at lower prices, said Joyce Chandler, DeCA’s acting director of sales.

“We want to make sure our customers have what they need to be prepared,” Chandler said. “By shopping at the commissary, our customers can get what they need and save money in the process.”

Every year from April 1 through Oct. 31, items such as flashlights, an assortment of batteries, canned tuna, shelf-stable milk, first-aid kits, bottled water, charcoal, canned soup and more are sold at reduced prices as part of DeCA’s severe weather promotional package.

The promotion coincides with the U.S. hurricane and tornado seasons.

In 2012, Super Storm Sandy, the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history, crashed into the Northeast causing damage upwards of $75 billion across multiple states. Millions of people across New York, New Jersey and New England were without power, running water and heat for weeks.

“Every family should have a disaster kit,” Chandler said. “No matter what the forecasters are calling for, it’s important to be prepared for any emergency.”

Disaster Supply Kits
Emergency preparedness officials suggest having a disaster supply kit that includes the following items:

•Water – at least one gallon, daily, per person. Have a three-day supply for evacuation and a two-week supply for home;
•Nonperishable foods – canned meats, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, cereal, crackers, cookies, energy bars, granola, peanut butter and foods for infants and the elderly. Again, have a three-day supply for evacuation and a two-week supply for home;
•Paper goods – writing paper, paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper;
•Cooking items – pots, pans, baking sheet, cooking utensils, charcoal, a grill and a manual can opener;
•First-aid kit – including bandages, medicines and prescription drugs;
•Cleaning materials – bleach, sanitizing spray, and hand and laundry soap;
•Specialty foods – diet and low-calorie foods and drinks;
•Toiletries – personal hygiene items and moisture wipes;
•Pet care items – food, water, muzzle, leash, carrier, medications, medical records, and identification and immunization tags;
•Lighting accessories – flashlight, batteries, candles and matches;
•Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible);
•Duct tape, scissors;
•Multipurpose tool;
•Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies);
•Cell phone with chargers;
•Family and emergency contact information;
•Extra cash;
•Emergency blanket;
•Maps of the area; and
•Blankets or sleeping bags.

Stay Connected
Visit www.commissaries.com to learn more about the Defense Commissary Agency. At the site, check out the latest news, find a store near you, see what’s on sale, create a shopping list, learn of food and product recalls, scan employment opportunities, read frequently asked questions and submit a customer comment form online through DeCA’s Your Action Line and more.

Severe Weather Preparation
For more information on ways to prepare for a disaster, visit the following links: •www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family,
http://emergency.cdc.gov/planning/, and
www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate.

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