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Disaster Preparedness Kit

Having a disaster preparedness kit handy and readily stocked is something that we should all plan for whether it is hurricane season or not. Here are some items that you should include in your kit according to the Department of Emergency Management.

Your disaster supply kit should contain enough of the following items to last for a minimum of 14 days.

* Water: One gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation use.

* Food: Nonperishable food that does not require cooking. Also “survival foods” such as peanut butter, protein shakes, dried fruits and nuts.

* Eating utensils: Plates, mess kits, forks and chopsticks. Nonelectrical can opener is a must.

* Radio: Battery-powered or hand-crank radio with NOAA weather alert.

* Light: Flashlight or portable fluorescent light.

* Batteries: Have plenty and check them annually.

* First-aid kit: Get a well-stocked kit. Consider enrolling in a first-aid certification course.

* Whistle: It’s important for signaling for help because the sound carries much farther than the human voice.

* Dust mask: Helps filter contaminated air.

* Sanitation items: Including moist towelettes, heavy-duty garbage bags, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, baking soda or kitty litter to absorb odors, gloves and plastic ties.

* Maps: Local area maps.

* Tools: Including a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, and duct tape.

* Prescriptions: Including special medications, glasses and medical devices.

* Pet supplies: Food, extra water and medication.

* Miscellaneous items: Including infant formula, diapers, incontinence supplies and feminine products.

It’s always good to plan ahead before an emergency strikes. Creating a disaster preparedness kit can help give you some peace of mind in the event of an emergency.