Blog: Do you have an emergency kit?

Blog: Do you have an emergency kit?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - For a short time, I worked for the American Red Cross and one of our goals was to teach people to build an emergency kit.

Do you have one?

This time of year, the biggest concern is likely the loss of power. Thunderstorms can take out power for thousands in a matter of seconds. As we get farther into the hurricane season, the remnants of a tropical system can cause even those of us who live inland to be without power for a while.

A kit is something you can use year-round. The idea is to always have it ready to go – whatever the situation.

Here are some things for your kit:

  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable food that is easy to prepare (don’t forget the can opener)
  • Medicine for 3 days – for you and your pets
  • Blankets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered or hand-crank radio
  • Batteries
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Cell phones with chargers
  • Family contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Copies of personal documents (medications, proof of address, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • A multi-purpose tool
  • Pet food and supplies

Store the items in a water-proof container (like a plastic bin) and keep it in a place where you won't be tempted to take things out. It may be easy to grab something like the flashlight - and never get around to putting it back.

Better safe than sorry!

Perhaps this would be a fun idea to do with the kids out on summer break.

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