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5 Essentials You Need In Your Severe Weather Kit When Disaster Strikes
Food And Water
Make sure to have at least one gallon of water and three days’ worth of food for each person in your household. Pack non-perishable food such as canned meat, beans, peanut butter, protein bars, and dried fruit, and make sure to also have a manual can opener and camping utensils.
Health And Safety
Be sure to keep a seven-day supply of any prescription medicine and prepare a first aid kit. The kit should include different-sized bandages, gauze, cotton balls, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic towelettes, a thermometer, pain relievers, and hydrocortisone cream.
Chargers And Lights
Since you may not have electricity after a natural disaster, keep charged power banks and/or solar chargers in your severe weather kit. For light, pack battery-powered or hand-cranked flashlights, LED lanterns, and extra batteries.
Weather Radio
An NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts information directly from the National Weather Service and can keep you informed when you don’t have cell service or data. Portable weather radios come with battery, hand-crank, or solar power options and are smaller than stationary ones.
Optional Items
Having extra money will be helpful to get more supplies when possible, and moist towelettes, toothbrushes, and garbage bags can keep you and your space clean. Playing cards, toys, and writing utensils can help to pass the time, and extra reading glasses, shoes, and outerwear can keep everyone comfortable.