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Chemical Spill Reminder for People to Be Prepared
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 10, 2014 @ 7:23PM
Created on January 10, 2014 @ 5:49PM

A chemical spill from a business near Charleston went into the Elk River, which caused officials in nine separate counties to restrict people from using their water.

No one in this area has to worry about whether or not their water is contaminated, but emergency officials want people to be prepared in case a similar situation were to take place in the future.

Officials recommend you have one gallon of water per person for at least three days. You should also make sure you've got plenty of non-perishable food items and sanitation supplies.

A first aid kit is also a necessary item to have. Emergency officials claim planning ahead makes a big difference.

MECCA 911 Deputy Director Jim Smith said, "When something like this hits close to home it really strikes a cord with us. This is just another reminder that we do need to be prepared for these types of events."

People should also plan to have enough supplies for their pets as well.

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