Fort McCoy News Sept. 23, 2016

Save on supplies during National Preparedness Month

BY KEVIN L. ROBINSON
Defense Commissary Agency

FORT LEE, Va. — Planning for the worst is a no-brainer when considering the recent weather events such as the flooding in southeast Louisiana.

National Preparedness Month in September draws attention to the wisdom of making an emergency plan for any crisis, said Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Sales Director Tracie Russ.

"Whether it's natural or manmade, a crisis doesn't conveniently occur on schedule," Russ said. "So during National Preparedness Month, we remind our patrons that they can use their commissary benefit and save money to prepare their survival kits."

Since April 1, DeCA's severe weather preparedness promotional package is offering various items at reduced prices until Oct. 31.

Customers shop the Fort McCoy Commissary case-lot sale Sept. 9. The sale, held in conjunction with Retiree Appreciation Day, featured extra savings on hundreds of bulk items, including emergency supplies.
Customers shop the Fort McCoy Commissary case-lot sale Sept. 9. The
sale, held in conjunction with Retiree Appreciation Day, featured extra
savings on hundreds of bulk items, including emergency supplies.
Photo
by Scott T. Sturkol

This package includes: beef jerky and other assorted meat snacks; soup and chili mixes; canned goods; powdered milk; cereals; batteries; airtight bags; weather-ready flashlights; tape (all-weather, heavy-duty shipping, and duct); first-aid kits; lighters; matches; lanterns; candles; hand sanitizer; and anti-bacterial wipes. Specific promotional items may vary from store to store.

"The flooding in Louisiana has displaced thousands of people and emphasizes to us all the importance of being ready for the unexpected," Russ said. "Thanks to our industry partners, commissaries are offering savings on many of the items our patrons need in an emergency."

National Preparedness Month coincides with the peak activity for hurricanes in the United States. The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30, covering the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The emphasis on being prepared is echoed by the theme "Don't Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today," which encourages people to create an emergency plan and share it with their loved ones.

Commissary patrons can go to https://commissaries.com/disaster_prep.cfm to learn more about specific disaster preparedness resources. For more information about National Preparedness Month, go to www.ready.gov/September and www.ready.gov/considerations/military-family-preparedness.

For more information about the Fort McCoy Commissary, call 608-388-3542 or stop by building 1537.