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Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

Mar 6, 2015

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Is your emergency preparedness stockpile up to date?

To help prepare for public health emergencies, the Peoria City/County Health Department is reminding citizens that they need an emergency preparedness stockpile with at least three days of food, water and supplies. Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 8 and residents are encouraged to participate in getting prepared by participating in the American Public Health Association's Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign. This effort reminds the public to set their clocks forward one hour and check their emergency stockpile at this time.

When it's time to change your clocks because of daylight saving time, use this day as a reminder to check your preparedness kit to make sure your emergency stockpile is complete and that the food, water, and medications have not expired.

Jason Marks, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Peoria City/County Health Department, stated, "The daylight saving time changes are the perfect opportunity to check and see if your emergency stockpile is missing any items. Are the batteries in the flashlight working? Has any of the food or medication expired? Also switch out the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a chance for all families to ensure they are prepared for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters. This information is good year-round: You don't have to wait for the clock change to update your stockpile."

For people who don't have an emergency stockpile kit, the Peoria City/County Health Department provides a brochure on Weekly Steps for Emergency Preparedness. This information provides a budget friendly plan to build a supply kit and develop a plan in 24 weeks.

For more Emergency Preparedness information or a copy of the brochure, visit the Department's website at

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