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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Caring for our Health Community through Emergency Preparedness

Representing DEMA at the
AHCCCS Health Fair
When state departments, agencies, and private sector partners come together for one common goal, positive change in our community is inevitable. This type of community-driven collaboration is what took place during the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Health Fair, an information fair for AHCCCS employees to learn about various state resources and private sector services that can benefit their lives and the lives of their families. I had the opportunity to represent the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) during this event. AHCCCS employees asked me questions like, “What does DEMA do?” and “Who is DEMA?” Through these friendly conversations, I had the chance to share DEMA’s mission and bring exposure to the beneficial resources DEMA provides to Arizonans.

Our inviting table set-up was complete with brochures, informational material, and eye-catching DEMA displays. What caught the most attention was our bright red emergency supplies kit. People curiously peered inside the bag to see what items were tucked away. I was happy to hear the positive feedback and smiled when mothers and fathers mentioned they would prepare bags for their children and their homes. Attendees were surprised to learn that everyday items such as a can opener or cash would be critical during an emergency. They were even more amazed as they thought through the multiple uses of duct tape during an emergency situation.
DEMA Waterproof
Document Holder

One of the give-aways was an emergency supplies checklist. Our checklist reminds you to include these items in your emergency supplies kit:
  • nonperishable foods (e.g., formula and pet food
  • potable water (one gallon per person, per day)
  • prescription medications and eyeglasses
  • flashlight(s) with extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • personal hygiene items (e.g., hand sanitizer and travel-size toiletries)
  • important paperwork (e.g., passports and insurance policies)
  • cash (e.g., small bills and loose change)
  • manual can opener
  • cell phone and charger
  • wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • DEMA Waterproof
    Document Holder
  • copy of your family communication plan
Another popular item that attendees found useful was our DEMA waterproof clear bags. These bags can hold important documents and medications. Waterproof containers are essential for keeping your important items in one centralized location and also keeping them safe. Consider using a waterproof container for your important materials

Coming together with other organizations throughout the state to share resources and to educate our communities on how to live healthy and safe lives was a meaningful experience. Outreaches are essential to the work we do at DEMA to serve Arizona and I am pleased to have had this opportunity to participate.  

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