These are the things you need in your disaster kit

 

Hurricane Florence is expected to slam the East Coast later this week.  So it's a good time to talk about disaster kits.

A new survey found two-thirds of homeowners don't feel prepared for a natural disaster . . . 60% don't have a plan in place . . . and 45% don't know what kind of supplies they should have on hand. The good news is that everyone still has time to prepare.

So here are the 13 basic things every disaster kit should have . . .

Water, at least three gallons per person . . . a three-day supply of non-perishable food . . . a flashlight . . . a portable radio to listen for updates . . . extra batteries for both . . . a first aid kit . . . a whistle in case you need to signal for help . . .

Dust masks . . . plastic sheeting and duct tape . . . sanitation supplies, like garbage bags and moist towelettes . . . a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities . . . a manual can opener . . . and at least one map of the area, in case your GPS goes out.

A few OTHER good things to think about are an extra pair of glasses . . . an extra battery for your phone . . . food, water and medications for your pets . . . extra blankets and clothes . . . matches or a lighter . . . a fire extinguisher . . . and CASH.  (See more here.)

And if you know there's a potential disaster coming, make sure you're stocked up on any prescription meds you might need. 

Jenni Chase

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