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National Preparedness Month: Emergency Kit

Disasters don’t just happen when you are at home. It’s important to be prepared when disaster strikes. Prepare emergency kits for home, work and your vehicle.

• It’s best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
• Every family is different and your kit may include other essential items in the event of a disaster such as prescription medicine, diapers or spare contact lenses.
• Pack enough food and water for at least 3 days.
• Make sure each of your vehicles contains a “go bag” – a portable emergency kit for your car. Consider items necessary for immediate safety if you must evacuate quickly while in your car.
• Each member of your family should have a “go bag” with an identification tag.

In a disaster, you probably won’t be able to shop for the supplies you need, so advanced preparation is key to your survival!
For more information on Emergency Preparedness and how to build your own Emergency Kit visit http://www.readyoc.org/prepare/kit.html.

Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:
• Keep any canned items in a cool and dry place.
• For a longer shelf life, and to keep pests out, make sure that all boxed food is stored in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
• Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented or corroded. • Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front. 
• Be sure to write dates on all containers and to switch out food and water supplies every six months
• Every family is different so rethink your needs every year and update accordingly
Also be sure that everyone is your family knows where the kit’s designated place is.