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Do you have an emergency kit in your home? If not, you probably should! Disasters can strike at any moment. Depending on where you live, these disasters can include hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes and fires. We've put together some suggestions for what your emergency kit should contain.

What to Include in Your Emergency Kit

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day (recommended 3 day supply)
  • Non-perishable food items (recommended 3 day supply)
  • Battery-powered/hand-crank AM/FM radio and NOAA Weather radio
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • First Aid Kit (Band-Aids, pain medicine, ice packs, etc.)
  • Whistle or Flares to signal for help
  • Dust mask and plastic sheeting to create shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for sanitary purposes
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener
  • Maps of the local area

It is important to take inventory of your emergency kit on a regular basis and replace items that may have expired, such as medications, pet food, baby formula, etc. While it's a good sign that you haven't had to use your emergency items, it's crucial to keep them all up-to-date. If your puppy or kitten grows out of their initial food, update your emergency supply with the most current food based on their age. If your infant moves to finger foods, replace formula with items that they are able to eat.

Click here to find a printable version of FEMA's supply list, including additional items you might want to consider including in your kit.

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