Why wait until the National Weather Service announces that a hurricane is bearing down on us to get your storm kit put together? Take advantage of adequate supplies, no lines and calm heads and put your hurricane kit together this spring. Not all disasters are created equal, and while a leaking roof may present some immediate challenges, it’s not on par with the aftermath of a hurricane. The Boy Scouts are right: It pays to be prepared!
A simple emergency kit can provide everything you need when big disasters hit. Equip it with the following:
- Battery-operated radio
- Five gallons of drinking water, in bottles or jugs, for each member of the household
- Extra batteries
- Enough canned food or packaged nonperishable food for several days
- Candles and matches and/or aim-o-flame
- Warm blankets
- Change of clothes for each member of the household
- A basic first-aid kit
- Telephone that does not use electricity
Keep these supplies in a clean, dry area that will be easy to reach in an emergency. For a more comprehensive list of extra supplies and equipment that may be of use, check out the Department of Homeland Security’s website for emergency planning at www.ready.gov.
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