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Emergency Kit

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020

emergency smallOne of the most important ways to prepare for an emergency is to create a personal, 72-hour emergency kit. This kit should be customized to you and your family’s personal needs, and should contain supplies that will carry you for 3 full days. Your kit should be checked and updated every 6 months. Expired food should be replaced, as well as dead batteries, damaged items, clothing that no longer fits, etc. Your kit should be stored in a cool, dry place, in a waterproof container.

The seven types of recommended items for your kit include:


  • One gallon of water per person per day is the minimum needed (pregnant/nursing mothers will need more).
  • Store-bought bottled water can stay drinkable for up to 6 months. After 6 months, it should be rotated out.
  • Water can be stored in old bleach bottles, but rotated every 7-9 months. The residue left from the bleach is enough to disinfect the water, so don’t wash out the bottles.

To Purify Water

  • Boil for 10 minutes. After cooling, pour back-and-forth in containers to aerate, which will improve flavor.
  • To chlorinate water, add 4 drops of bleach (it should contain 5.25% Sodium Hypochlorite), mix and then let stand for 30 minutes. You should be able to smell/taste chlorine.

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Food suggestions include: granola, canned soup, jerky, trail mix, cereal, crackers, juice and canned food such as tuna, fruit cocktail, etc. Although this is an emergency kit, and should not contain unneeded items, it’s a good idea to pack some “comfort” foods.

  • Foodstuffs should be non-perishable, high in protein, not past or near the expiration date and require little-to-no preparation. The simpler, the better.
  • Remember to pack appropriate food for someone who has a special diet (infants, young children, seniors, etc.).
  • Don’t forget about pet supplies and a can opener!

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First Aid

When buying or putting together a first aid kit, it’s important to remember how many people you will be staying with, as this will determine your needs.

  • A basic kit typically includes: gauze pads, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, gloves (watch out for latex allergies), Bactine or other disinfectant, tweezers, scissors and instant cold packs.
  • Recommended items to add to your kit include: non-prescription drugs (ibuprofen, aspirin, antacid, cough syrup, etc.), prescription medicines, thermometer, needle and thread, hydrocortisone cream, eye drops and safety pins.

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At a minimum, everyone should have a complete change of clothing and footwear.
In addition, the following is recommended:

  • Long/short sleeve shirts, pants, socks, jacket, etc.
  • Rain gear
  • Hat/gloves/scarf (depending on season)
  • Undergarments
  • Extra blankets/sleeping bags
  • Cloth sheet
  • Plastic sheet

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Family Supplies and Tools

Below is just a brief sample of what you may want to include:

  • Waterproof matches
  • Flares
  • 2-plate gas burner and gas
  • Frying pan
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • NOAA radio
  • Small axe
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic bags w/ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Whistle

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Personal Items

Personal items provide a sense of comfort and well-being, and will maintain morale in a time of emergency. Other items, such as prescription medicine and hygiene products, will help keep illness at bay.

  • Prescription medicine
  • Soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Shaving items and mirror
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Shampoo
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Diapers/other infant needs
  • Stress management items (books, board games, personal electronics, etc.)

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Documents and Money

Everything should be stored in a watertight container:

  • Drivers' License
  • Passport
  • Will
  • Insurance policies
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Change for pay phone

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Special note about preparedness for pandemic influenza:

Pandemic influenza (flu) occurs when a flu virus changes to a form that spreads and kills more quickly than a normal, seasonal flu outbreak. Because so many people may be sick during a flu pandemic, normal supplies and services may be difficult to obtain. The MIT Influenza Information website is a good resource for information about staying healthy during a normal flu season as well as the Institute’s response plan in the event of an influenza pandemic.

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Floodplains Information

Friday, 15 November, 2019

Floodplains Info

The flood hazard areas of Stephens County, Oklahoma are subject to periodic inundation, which results in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, and extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety, and general welfare.

It is the purpose of this program to promote public health, safety and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions. 

All construction activity in FEMA designated floodplains MUST be an approved permitted activity. Applications are available in the forms section of this web page. 

Stephens County Floodplains:

Stephens County Floodplains

Emergency Management

Friday, 15 November, 2019

Stephens County Emergency Management Stephens County Emergency Management strives to protect the lives and property of all the citizens of Stephens County.


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Gary D. Curtis  
Emergency Management Director
101 S 11th St Rm 108
Duncan, Ok 73533
Phone: 1 580 255 3411
Cell Phone: 580.656.0075
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