Knoxville family details emergency plans in Sandy's wake

Knoxville family details emergency preparedness plans in Sandy's wake

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One thing the Hughes family has is a 72-hour emergency kit. One thing the Hughes family has is a 72-hour emergency kit.
Hughes said they have enough food to keep their family going for at least six months. Hughes said they have enough food to keep their family going for at least six months.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As the East Coast continues to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy, many people in East Tennessee are thinking about what they would be doing if a similar situation happened here.

Many are wondering if their family would be prepared for a natural disaster and what items they would need to survive.

"Basic things family should have in their home in case of a power outage - maybe some candles, flashlights with batteries that work," said Captain D.J. Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department. "Make sure you have an alternative method of heating."

Corcoran said he wishes more families were prepared for disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

"For the most part I think people think they are, but then when it actually happens they are digging around," said Corcoran.

Jennifer Hughes, of Knoxville, said her family has been preparing for a decade for an emergency.

"I usually feel pretty prepared when a storm is coming," said Hughes.

One thing the Hughes family has is a 72-hour emergency kit. If an emergency ever happened, they would be able to grab it and leave quickly.

"We keep a variety of things like a first aid kit, medication, band-aids, battery-operated radio," explained Hughes.

The Hughes family also keeps extra food in their pantry.

"We actually have a water filter system that purifies water," said Hughes, "Inside here I have a lot of food, various kinds of canned food and dry foods, easy foods like pasta."

Hughes said they have enough food to keep their family going for at least six months.

"I'm very grateful we have this 72-hour kit, because if we didn't have this, we would have some issues," said 10-year-old Anna Hughes. "We wouldn't be able to see in the dark if there was a power outage."

"I know we are prepared," said 12-year-old Harrison Hughes. "If we weren't prepared, we would, if we didn't have the food, we could starve to death."

Jennifer Hughes also said the family always fuels up their vehicles before a storm arrives. They also have purchased a generator.

She said if families feel overwhelmed to start something like her family, they should start small.

"We have been doing this for a decade," said Hughes. "Just start each trip to the store. Buy one small item that works for your family finances."

For a full list of items recommended for an emergency kit, visit the Red Cross website.

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