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Official Stress Importance of Emergency Kits

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If a disaster like a flood or hurricane hits your neighborhood, you could be without food, water and power for days so it’s critical to always have an emergency supply kit ready.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says water is first on the list.  One gallon per person per day, and at least a three days’ supply. The same goes for food.

If you have chronic health conditions, make sure you also have at least a 3-day supply of all medicines (7 days is better).  Of course, any medical supplies you might need like syringes and a first aid kit should also be packed.  Other essentials include flashlights, a battery powered radio, extra batteries, and any important documents and some cash.

The CDC also reminds you to plan for your animals and include a 3-day supply of food and water for each pet.

Be sure to check the expiration dates on the items in your emergency kit at least twice per year so everything is functional in case of an emergency.

For more information on how to put together an emergency kit, click this link emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/

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