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Eco Minute October 23, 2015

If you don’t already have one, this is a good time to prepare a winter emergency kit. You probably have a hurricane kit, but with just a few additions it will work great for any winter emergencies.  Be sure you have candles and matches or lighters or battery operated lanterns and a supply of batteries in case of a power outage.  Get the phone number of any utilities – power, water, and gas companies and post it somewhere accessible or program it in your cell phone.  Consider a battery backup for your computer or any sensitive electronic equipment.  Be sure you have bottled water and non-perishable food supplies for a few days and don’t forget pet food if you have pets.  Be sure to have blankets to keep warm in case of power failure and a first-aid kit.  Be sure you have an evacuation plan and a family meeting place in case of fire.    

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.