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1/02/2009

Prepare for longer emergencies due to climate change

The rise of freak weather storms as a result of global warming means that people should add extra water and supplies to their emergency stockpile. Traditionally, homeowners have been warned to keep 72 hours worth of food and water in case they are disconnected from the power grid because of a severe storm or flood. Even if most people were able to sustain themselves for 72 hours that would have given emergency responders the ability to deal with the most urgent cases. But times are changing as the climate changes. Now people should be prepared now to be without power for as long as a week. "We should be thinking about how to be more self-sufficient because we do have a changing climate and we're going to have to adapt." Families should be stocked with food, water, batteries, radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as medication and baby formula.
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