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Be prepared

After an emergency such as a hurricane, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days.

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household members may need in the event of an emergency.

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

According to Ready.gov, a basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

—Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)

—Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)

—Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

—Flashlight

—First aid kit

—Extra batteries

—Whistle (to signal for help)

—Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)

—Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to s...

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