Sandy Smith presented the program,”After a Disaster…What is Next,” at the recent meeting of the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club. The meeting and potluck luncheon were held at the Centennial Fellowship Church at White Hall.
Smith stressed the importance of planning ahead for food, water and medications. Planning ahead involves making sure there is plenty of food with little preparation. Many people prefer to set up a separate emergency supply in a place specifically selected for easy access in times of emergency. Select foods that keep well without special preparation, Smith said.
When possible choose can sizes that will supply one meal as storage of leftovers may be difficult. Store paper plates, cups, towels, a can opener, matches and eating utensils. It is also good to include candles and some means of warming food, according to Smith’s presentation.
In addition to food, storing water is recommended since water supplies may be cut off. Plan on one-half gallon per person per day for drinking and food preparation. If other uses of water are determined to be necessary, additional water will be needed. Be certain to include special medicine for the family in the reserve, according to Smith.
Also during the meeting, Nancy Rosen, special community service project chairwoman, thanked Sue Womack for donating tote bags as bingo prizes for Davis Life Care Center.
Delores Kelley announced that the club had collected 1,534 food items for the Transformation Project at Centennial Fellowship Church.
Brenda Robinson, club president, thanked the club members for participating in activities. A Watermelon Flower Pot Workshop was taught by Robinson. The following members attended the workshop: Sharon Wardlaw, Cathy Lewis, Rosen, Vivian Gerlach, Jody Stout, Lynda Toler, Kaye Richardson, Kathryn Brown, Barbra Freeman, Joyce Johnson, Carolyn Harness, Liz Crosby, Kelley, Debbie James, and Connie Herrin.
Club members also attended a Plastic Canvas Note Pad County Workshop and helped with Kids Fest. The following Heart-N-Hands EHC members attended the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Spring Council: Wardlaw, Gerry Crutchfield, Patsy Brown, Rosen, Dixie Fritz, Harness, Margaret Thomas, Betty Lacy, James, Herrin, Audrey Armstrong, Sandy Smith, Linda Murray, Johnson, Richardson, Kelley,Robinson, Gerlach, Stout and Juanita Cook.
For Show and Tell, Toler brought a button necklace that she had made, and Womack brought a quilt that she had created.
Yoshiko Johnson, guest of Jody Stout, attended the meeting and luncheon. Johnson, Peyton King, and Kay Lynn Johnston were welcomed as Heart-N-Hands newest members.