Richland County Sheriff’s Department


Sheriff asks, are YOU PREPARED?

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that as we near the anniversary of the historic flood of 2015; which reminds us to be prepared both while on the road, and at home. The Sheriff stated that hurricane season is here and even though we haven't been hit by any storms yet he wants to remind everyone that you have to take the time to be prepared.    

The Sheriff is providing two lists (one for your vehicle and one for your family) of things you need that will help assist when disaster strikes. Please take the time to prepare for a natural disaster which could mean the difference between survival or becoming a victim. 

First responders may not always be able to get it to you in a timely manner, so having enough supplies to last for a two to three day period is imperative. The Sheriff recommends that you have the following items on hand in the event of a natural disaster:  

·        One gallon of water per person per day (3 days worth)

·        Food – At least three-day supply of non-perishable food

·        Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

·        First aid kit

·        Whistle to signal for help

·        Dust mask to help filter contaminate air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

·        Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

·        Wrench and/or pliers to turn off utilities

·        Manual can opener for food

·        Local maps

·        Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

·        Prescription meds, glasses

·        Infant formula and diapers

·        Pet Food and extra water for your pet

·        Cash and change

·        Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

·        Emergency reference material such as first aid book.

·        Sleeping bag with warm blanket for each person. 

·        Complete change of clothing including a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes.  Consider additional clothing depending on a season

·        Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, it can be used as a disinfectant.  Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household bleach per gallon of water.  Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

·        Fire extinguisher

·        Matches in a waterproof container

·        Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

·        Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils

·        Paper and pencil

·        Books, games, or other activities for children

                  First Aid kit

·        Two pairs of latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to latex

·        Sterile dressing to stop bleeding

·        Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes

·        Antibiotic ointment

·        Burn ointment

·        Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes

·        Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant

·        Thermometer

·        Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers.  You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates

·        Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.

·        Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever

·        Anti-diarrhea medication

·        Antacid

·        Laxative

·        Scissors

·        Tweezers

·        Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant


        For the Baby   

·        Formula

·        Diapers

·        Bottles

·        Powdered milk

·        Medications

·        Moist towelettes or baby wipes

·        Diaper or rash ointments

Sheriff Leon Lott also states that we should all have a plan in place, so meet with your family and discuss what to do in the event of an emergency. Decide the responsibilities for each member of the family or household. The Sheriff adds that proper planning saves lives! If you need more information about putting together you “Go Kits” please call our Community Action Team at 803-309-5070.

October 03, 2016

5623 Two Notch Road 
Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
(803) 576-3000 phone (803) 576-3195 fax

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