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Are You Forgetting These Essentials in Your Emergency Kit?

We never plan for a disaster or emergency to strike. If we did, we would be sure to be well-prepared to handle the obstacles that appear in our way, whether they come in the form of weather, fire, accidents, roadside troubles, or other disasters that occur. For that very reason alone, it’s best to be prepared and why we recommend preparing a few emergency kits for you/your family located in your home, vehicle, and at work!

Do you know which items you need to put in your emergency kits? Find out below how you can prepare your kits today!

For the Home

Your emergency kit for the home should contain the following items:

*Canned food, especially non-perishable food that requires no preparation

*Water – one gallon per person per day

*Medicine

*A change of clothes

*Flashlight and extra batteries

*First aid kit

*Multi-purpose tool

*Sanitation and personal hygiene items

*Copies of personal documents

*Cell phone with chargers

*Family and emergency contact information

*Extra cash

*Emergency blanket

*Map of the surrounding area

Keep this kit in a designated location known to all of your family and have it ready in the event you have to leave your home quickly.

For the Vehicle

In case you are stranded, keep an emergency kit full of supplies in your car! Your kit should include the following:

*Jumper cables

*Flashlights

*Extra batteries

*First aid kit

*Any necessary medications you may need

*Food items containing protein (nuts, energy bars, canned fruit)

*A portable can opener

*Water for each person and pet in your car

*AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages

*Sand for better tire traction

*Shovel

*Ice scraper

*Warm clothes

*Gloves, hat, and sturdy boots

*Jacket

*Blanket

*A fully-charged cell phone and phone charger

*Flares

Additionally, be prepared for an emergency by keeping your gas tank full. If you are stranded, be safe and stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help, and wait there until help arrives!

For Work

Work is usually an area of your life that you don’t think about when it comes to accidents and disasters. You will need to be prepared to take shelter at work for at least 24 hours if disaster does strike. Make sure you’re ready with the following items in your emergency kit:

*Food, especially sealed, protein-filled foods

*Water

*Medicines you may need

*Comfortable walking shoes in case you need to evacuate and walk a long distance

Your kit should also be stored in one container and be ready for you to grab and go in case of an emergency, especially in the event of evacuation.

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