- ... From: Steve Vanderhill To: Holland Club K8DAA ; North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club W8CSO ; WestMichiganHams ; OCEC/WMSAR Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 10:09 AMMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 9 9:19 AMView Source----- Original Message -----From: Steve VanderhillSent: Monday, March 09, 2009 10:09 AMSubject: [HARC] Citizen Corps News: Does your Emergency Preparedness Kit contain recalled or expired items?
Currently the United States is in the midst of one of the largest food
recalls in American history. As Americans dig through their cabinets and
refrigerators to remove potentially contaminated food associated with
the recent peanut recall, we would like to also remind citizens to open
and check their Emergency Preparedness Kits to remove any potentially
harmful items from these also.
Because peanut products are often recommended as staples in Emergency
Preparedness Kits due to their long shell life and because they are a
good source of protein, we encourage all kit owners to look at their
kits to ensure food products are not on the peanut recall list. Please
keep in mind that the peanut product recall extends beyond
peanut-flavored products. The following are some examples of foods also
included in the recall that may contain peanuts:
* Snack bars
* Trail Mix
* Dog treats
A full list of recalled peanut products and what individuals should do
with recalled items can be found on the Food and Drug Administration' s
http://www.accessda ta.fda.gov/ scripts/peanutbu tterrecall/ index.cfm.
In addition to checking for peanut-related items, please be sure to
check for other items in your kit that may have expired, including
medications, food and pet food, water, and other recalled items. The
U.S. government provides information on unsafe, hazardous, or defective
products ranging from consumer products, food, medicine, and cosmetics
at www.recalls. gov <http://www.recalls. gov/> .
Ensuring family and neighbors are prepared is an essential step in
helping communities during and after an emergency. Families should have
an Emergency Preparedness Kit in all locations that are frequented
often, including homes, offices, schools, cars and day care facilities.
These kits should hold a variety of essential items that are needed
during a disaster, such as a flashlight, radio, cash, clothing,
protective equipment, medicines, and of course food and water. For a
complete list of Emergency Preparedness Kit recommended items, please
visit http://www.fema. gov/plan/ prepare/supplyki t.shtm.
Citizen Corps Councils and Partners: Councils and partners should remind
their communities about the importance of maintaining and constructing
an Emergency Preparedness Kit and consider hosting public preparedness
training sessions to ensure that information about kits is reaching the
community. In addition, Councils and partners should consider adding a
link to the FDA Web sites along with information on the recall on peanut
products to any Web pages or documents that refer to community
preparedness or Emergency Preparedness Kit preparation.
This news story and other Community Preparedness news, including Citizen
Corps Bulletins, can be found on our website at
http://www.citizenc orps.gov/ .
The National Office of Citizen Corps
FEMA Community Preparedness Division
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