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Emergency Kit Essentials

Keep these items handy in case severe weather strikes.

An emergency kit is a must-have household item. Whether or not you live in an area prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or tornadoes, it’s smart to keep a kit well-stocked and close by, just in case.

Why You Need an Emergency Kit
If severe weather strikes, your home may lose electricity, water, gas, and phone or internet connections — services that help you survive and communicate. An emergency kit acts as backup with supplies that keep you safe, nourished, and informed.

What You Need in Your Emergency Kit
Keep your kit stocked with enough supplies to last 3 to 14 days. These are the most important items to have on hand:

Review and update items in your emergency kit annually or as your family’s needs change. Replace stored food and water every six months.

Storing Your Emergency Kit
Keep your emergency supplies in a protective, easy-to-transport case. Store your emergency kit in your home’s designated shelter area where you can grab it quickly.

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