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Disasters happen anytime and anywhere. When a disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or you might have to wait for days. Is your family prepared to cope with an emergency until help arrives? A hurricane, tornado, flood or any other disaster could cut gas, water, electricity and telephones for days. Whether a disaster forces you to leave or to remain in your home, you will be better able to cope by preparing for disaster before it strikes. One way to prepare yourself and your family is to assemble a disaster supplies kit. Once a disaster hits, you won't have time to shop or search for supplies. Make sure all family members know in advance the location of your emergency supplies and first aid kit. If you've gathered supplies in advance and have discussed an emergency plan with your family, you will be better equipped to endure an evacuation or home confinement.
Supply Kit Tips
- Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members.
- Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.
- Rotate your stored food every six months. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh.
- Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
- Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.
- Keep items in air tight plastic bags