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Emergency response officials urge residents to make disaster plans

HUMBOLDT COUNTY- With earthquakes, wildfires and tsunamis threatening the north coast, emergency response officials say now is the time to prepare for a disaster.

And one easy way to prepare is by making an emergency supply kit. In that kit, you should keep a three-day supply of non-perishable food, three gallons of water per person, prescription medications, clothing, first aid supplies, flashlights, a battery powered radio, batteries, extra glasses or contact lenses, extra credit cards or checks, and copies of important documents. Experts say storing those items in a backpack or bag and in an easily accessible area of your home can cut down panic if you’re forced to leave. And in any type of emergency, response crews say it is best to stay calm and have an escape plan.

“There's nothing worse than panicking and wondering well where's grandpa, where's one of the children or that sort of thing,” said Fortuna Fire Chief Lon Winburn. “So if you have an emergency and it's an evacuation thing and you know you have to get out of the house, you certainly need a meeting place and of course for earthquakes you know you need to think about the stop drop and cover type of thing. A lot of times you know, we panic and the first thin we want to do is run, well in an earthquake that's obviously not the best thing to do.”