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Build Your Emergency Preparedness Kits

September is National Preparedness Month which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and while we commute. Today we’ll discuss items that you should have in your emergency preparedness kits.

There are some very basic items that everyone should have in their home including a first aid kit, flashlights, a portable radio and extra batteries. But to really be prepared for an emergency, you need to plan on being on your own with no electricity, running water or communication for up to three days.

Recommended items to have assembled and stored in totes include:

  • At least one gallon of water per person, per day
  • Non-perishable foods that require little or no water or cooking to prepare
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Tools including a utility knife, crowbar, hammer, staple gun, and adjustable wrench.
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and bungee cords to help create shelter or block broken windows
  • Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
  • Manual can opener and cooking supplies as if you were camping LED lanterns and extra batteries
  • Cash in small denominations
  • Warm clothes and rain gear for each person
  • Required medications for each person  

It’s very likely that you could be traveling in your car when disaster strikes, so be prepared with a similar kit in the trunk of your car. You can get more emergency preparedness assistance at your neighborhood Ace Hardware store.