Be prepared for an emergency: disaster kits make a difference

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-The American Red Cross wants to make sure you and your family have an emergency preparedness kit on hand in case there would be a natural disaster. 

They recommend you have:

  • 2-3 week supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Can opener
  • Medical items and medication
  • Sanitation 
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight 
  • Weather radio 
  • Extra battery 
  • Cell-phone with charger
  • Family and contact information\
  • Copies of critical documents
  • Cash (in case of no ATMs)
  • Extra clothes
  • Blanket 

Also pack anything non-essential that your family might need to be entertained or occupied like coloring books, crayons, and batteries for electronics. 

“Putting together that emergency kit lets you just talk through the different scenarios that could happen and making sure you have the different items that you need on hand in case you need to shelter for two weeks or evacuate,” said American Red Cross of South Central Kentucky Executive Director Jennifer Capps.