DHHS Urges Residents to Check Your Stocks When You Set Your Clocks

Concord, NH - As New Hampshire residents prepare to set the clocks ahead this weekend for daylight savings, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is also asking residents to take stock of their emergency preparedness kits. DHHS is teaming up with the American Public Health Association (APHA) for its campaign “Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks.” This campaign builds on the already familiar theme of checking the batteries in your smoke detector when you change your clocks.

“We’d like all New Hampshire families to take a few minutes this weekend to make sure their emergency preparedness kits are fully stocked and that none of the items have expired,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “We have long been encouraging people to prepare themselves and their loved ones for the potential of a pandemic, and this is an opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of being prepared not just for a public health emergency but any disaster.”

“For those who have not yet created an emergency stockpile, now is the time to put one together,” said DHHS Emergency Services Director Joseph Arcidiacono. “We recommend people have at least three days of bottled water, non-perishable foods, and essential medications for you and every member of your family. We know in New Hampshire there is a real possibility we may be faced with an emergency situation at any time, such as losing power during a storm or having to be evacuated due to a flood. Preparing emergency kits will help residents be more secure should an emergency arise.”

A detailed list of what you should include in your emergency kit is available in the brochure “Preparing for and Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do” on the DHHS website www.dhhs.nh.gov.

For more information on preparing for an emergency, visit www.ready.gov. To view the campaign “Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks” visit www.getreadyforflu.org/clockstocks/