KENNEWICK, Wash;-- The simplest things like a flashlight and extra batteries can help you survive in a disaster. But we don't always think that a disaster like what happened in Haiti, can happen to us.
Representatives from Benton County Emergency Services say that it's for these possible disasters that we must be prepared. The easiest way to do that, is to build your own 72 hour emergency kit. Elizabeth Smith of the B.C.E.S says in an emergency, being prepared ahead of time is all you can do.
"The only thing you can control in an emergency is your preparedness. And if you are more prepared you are better able to emotionally cope with your family," says Smith.
Some basic essentials that Smith says should be in every kit are water, food, battery powered radios and medicine. She also says in a massive emergency don't call 9-1-1, instead tune to 610am KONA for instructions, and be prepared to survive until help can get to you.