Emergency supplies essential when disaster strikes


Community leaders are joining together to stress the importance of disaster preparation. The overall point is to get ready and stay ready.

Emergencies come with many different masks, so it pays to stay prepared. Extreme heat, earthquake, drought, explosions, fire, floods and hazardous material spills are just a few. I will focus each week on one of the steps you may want to consider.

This week I will discuss assembling an emergency supply kit. The kit should contain basic supplies for survival for at least 72 hours.

It should include: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days; at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food; battery-powered radio; battery-powered cellphone charger; flashlight and extra batteries; first aid kit; extra medications; medical insurance cards; whistle to signal for help; moist disposable wipes; garbage bags; local maps; games, puzzles and books; and supplies for your pets or service animal, along with a list of pet-friendly shelters and/or pet hospitals.

These items should be kept in an area separate from that used for everyday living supplies. Be sure to check batteries often and make sure rations are not compromised.

Next week I will discuss the benefits of a family plan, outside resources, business planning and how you can become involved in assisting your community.

April 6. Suspicious: The caller reports two men knocking on doors wearing Home Depot aprons at 9:42 a.m. in the 1300 block of Dreamcatcher Drive.

Threats: The neighbors get into a shouting match over dog urine at 12:20 p.m. in the 600 block of Avenue H.

Thought for the day: I wish someone wearing a home-improvement store apron would knock on my door. I’d put him to work.

April 7. Suspicious: The intoxicated caller reports an inner knowing that a woman is sleeping in an outbuilding at 4:20 a.m. in the 600 block of Avenue G.

Parking: The citation recipient is not happy to learn that the handicapped parking placard is not issued to the whole family at 8:48 a.m. in the 1000 block of Nevada Way.

Thought for the day: Those parking citations for disabled parking are no joke.

April 8. DUI: The party was over long before the cuffs were worn at 1:02 a.m. in the 1100 block of Nevada Highway.

Civil: The custody agreement is informal and not working; the parties are notified to head to family court at 6:43 p.m. in the 1000 block of Arizona Street.

Thought for the day: No matter who wins the shouting match, it’s the kids who lose. Act like adults, folks.

April 9. DUI: People seem to be just lining up to give away their hard-earned money and driving rights at 12:12 a.m. in the 1400 block of San Felipe Drive.

Vagrant: The two subjects in the not-so-camouflage tent state that it’s no big deal in their country at 1:13 a.m. in the 1000 block of Nevada Way.

Thought for the day: I’m not sure who would find camping behind a gas station in the middle of town a good idea.

April 10. Hit and run: The residents wake up to find their motor home is now missing an outside mirror at 7:14 a.m. in the 1500 block of Irene Drive.

Disturbance: The manager calls about a customer detaining a delivery driver at 10:12 a.m. in the 400 block of Marina Cove.

Thought for the day: No matter how right you feel, the dispute should be taken up with the business in a professional manner.

April 11. Soliciting: The door-to-door perfume sales slow down to nothing, pretty quickly, once we arrive at 3:47 p.m. in the 700 block of Nevada Way.

Pedestrian contact: This guy is so famous that New Mexico will even come and escort him back at 9:30 p.m. in the area of Buchanan Boulevard and Nevada Highway.

Thought for the day: Extradition is a wonderful thing.

April 12. Dumping: The four months of spit-cups thrown onto the property is just about enough at 8:02 p.m. in the 600 block of Paloma Drive.

Suspicious: The all-too-familiar smell of narcotics is wafting around the corner where the suspicious juveniles seem to be lurking at 11:11 p.m. in the 800 block of Adams Boulevard.

Thought for the day: Some folks make quite a commitment to annoying their neighbors.

Call of the week: Kudos to the caregivers at The Homestead at Boulder City for alerting us to a regular visitor who did not show up to visit his wife after complaining of dizziness the night before. The officers persist (although the house is more secure than Fort Knox), gain access and obtain medical assistance for the husband in a timely manner. Good job at 6:04 p.m. April 6 in the 100 block of Sea Breeze Lane.

Tina Ransom is a dispatcher with the Boulder City Police Department. She is coordinator of the Boulder City Citizen’s Academy.