Emergency preparedness expert says average person not prepared i - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Emergency preparedness expert says average person not prepared in case of disaster

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - It's National Emergency Preparedness Month and with a plethora of disasters capable of striking East Texas at any time, do you know what to do when it does and are you prepared?

A professional disaster planner who says the average person is not ready if disaster strikes. Robert Hurst is an emergency preparedness expert.

He has more than 40 years of experience and says that the average East Texan is not prepared in the event of a disaster.

"We have all kinds of disasters that could come but we also suffer like everyone else from seatbelt syndrome: it'll never happen to me," Hurst said.


Hurst said that getting a plan together is easy and takes away so much stress if it does happen.

The first thing you have to do is figure out what kinds of disasters could impact you where you live, whether it's a hurricane, a hazardous materials spill, earthquake, flood, tornado...the list goes on.

"It can become dire for people, that's why once again you think ahead of time and you prepare ahead of time," Hurst said.


Hurst said remember the number three when thinking about how a disaster could affect you.

"People can live three hours only without the proper shelter, people can live only about three days without water, the third thing is food. People can only live, it's a medical fast, three weeks without food then you're dead," Hurst said.


Having access to water is key when sheltering in place and Hurst said plan for at least one gallon, per person, per day.

And did you know you already have lots of water that's safe to consume in your home.

"An example of an alternate water source would be a water heater. Nearly everyone has one in their house and it can hold from 40-55 gallons or more of water," Hurst said. "Another place for water believe it or not is the back of most commodes. This water is potable and it is not the kind that is unsanitary.but teach your family members, particularly your kids, to put a piece of tape over the handle so you don't accidentally flush and dump that water."

Hurst said also buying extra non-perishable, easy to prepare foods like soup, beans and canned meats when you go to the store will help build your emergency food pantry.

http://www.ready.gov/september

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Community rallying behind Lufkin all-stars

    Community rallying behind Lufkin all-stars

    Sunday, August 19 2018 8:23 PM EDT2018-08-20 00:23:07 GMT
    Photo: KTREPhoto: KTRE

    Making history, once again, fans, friends and family members of the Lufkin Little League Junior League team cheered behind the all stars on Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings.

    More >>

    Making history, once again, fans, friends and family members of the Lufkin Little League Junior League team cheered behind the all stars on Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings.

    More >>
  • Chinese Taipei squeaks by Lufkin 2-0 in JLWS

    Chinese Taipei squeaks by Lufkin 2-0 in JLWS

    Sunday, August 19 2018 2:18 PM EDT2018-08-19 18:18:34 GMT
    JLWSJLWS

    The All-Stars from the Pineywoods battled Chinese Taipei less than 24 hours after beating California in the U.S. Championship game. Chinese Taipei entered the game after run-ruling Mexico in the International Championship. In the first inning of the heavyweight showdown both teams got a runner on base but both teams left the runner stranded. Lufkin's Christian Mum...

    More >>

    The All-Stars from the Pineywoods battled Chinese Taipei less than 24 hours after beating California in the U.S. Championship game. Chinese Taipei entered the game after run-ruling Mexico in the International Championship. In the first inning of the heavyweight showdown both teams got a runner on base but both teams left the runner stranded. Lufkin's Christian Mum...

    More >>
  • Lufkin Wins! All-Stars beat California 5-2 to advance to World Championship at JLWS

    Lufkin Wins! All-Stars beat California 5-2 to advance to World Championship at JLWS

    Saturday, August 18 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-08-19 00:49:38 GMT

    Lufkin was hoping to bring home a second straight U.S. Championship with Little League baseball, this time at the Junior League World Series. The U.S. Championship was a rematch of a game a few days earlier against California. The first game saw Lufkin win 2-0 on a complete game shutout by Mark Requena. Lufkin would end up being the away team in the title game. It didn't take long for the scoring to start for Lufkin with clean up hitter Sam Flores got the scoring started early for L...

    More >>

    Lufkin was hoping to bring home a second straight U.S. Championship with Little League baseball, this time at the Junior League World Series. The U.S. Championship was a rematch of a game a few days earlier against California. The first game saw Lufkin win 2-0 on a complete game shutout by Mark Requena. Lufkin would end up being the away team in the title game. It didn't take long for the scoring to start for Lufkin with clean up hitter Sam Flores got the scoring started early for L...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly