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Preparing emergency kits, what to have ready in case of a natural disaster

When it comes to being ready for the worst that mother nature has to offer, whether it be a flood or tornado, the American Red Cross has some important tips that could save your life in the long run.  (Photo: KATV) 

When it comes to being ready for the worst that mother nature has to offer, whether it be a flood or tornado, the American Red Cross has some important tips that could save your life in the long run.

"There are three things you need to know, you need to have a kit, you need to have a plan, and you need to be informed."

The Red Cross suggests having an emergency preparedness kit that includes at least three days' worth of water, dried or easy-to-prepare foods, a blanket, a hand crank radio, basic medical supplies, and a 7 day supply of necessary medications and formula and supplies for babies, if needed.

"You need to get out right away, you don't have time to be grabbing stuff, you need to have a bag somewhere very easily accessible you can grab and go."

The Red Cross also suggests having your contact information accessible including copies of important documents like social security cards and birth certificates.

"Any vital records, medical records, all of that should be a copy in there especially if the emergency services need to contact someone."

And finally, be informed, by already having an emergency plan in place.

"Make sure the children know where to go. If there is a safe meeting place you want to find. Everyone knows to get out of the house and everyone knows what the plan is."

For more information about how to prepare an emergency kit click HERE.

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