The Emergency Kit You Don't Want

Before storms gear up, take advantage of the downtime to assemble an emergency kit, or replenish items in your existing kit. Here's one example of a preparedness kit you may not want. Thanks to the American Red Cross for providing this important message.

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Preparedness starts with you.

When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. A spill of hazardous material could mean immediate evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An earthquake, tornado or any other disaster could cut off basic services — gas, water, electricity and telephone — for days.

After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will not be able to reach everyone immediately. Help could come in hours, or it may take days. Will your family be ready?

You’ll cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. In this booklet, we offer simple guidelines that will help you and your family prepare for emergencies»

Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. The time to prepare is now — before disaster strikes.

Preparedness Inventory

Do you have children?
Are you a senior?
Do you or anyone in your family have a disability of any type?
Do you need assistance with daily activities or transportation?
Do you take medication or use any type of equipment to assist you?
Do you have a service animal or a pet?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it is doubly important for you to take steps ahead of time to prepare for disasters of all kinds. In addition to standard emergency supplies, you may require additional resources to meet your specific needs. A good way to start getting prepared is to do an inventory. Download and print the booklet to get started with your inventory»