September is National Preparedness Month, and as we are in the midst of Hurricane season, it’s important to remember that preparedness is for more than just hurricanes. Inclement weather and disaster can strike at any time of the year leaving you without power, access to water and food, and communication.

Don’t let your guard down after hurricane season, and keep your emergency preparedness kit ready throughout the year.

An emergency preparedness kit contains items that you, your family, and your pets will need when disaster strikes. Place your items in a sealable container and store it in a safe place. Items should include:

• Water - 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days

• Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days

• Pet Food for all pets

• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

• Weather Radio with extra batteries

• Cell phone with charger

• First aid kit

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• Manual can opener for food

• Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel

• Wrench or pliers to turn off water

• Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person

• Prescription medications and glasses

• Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes

• Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies

• Extra house and car keys

• Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records

• Fire extinguisher

• Cash and change

• Books, games or cards

Remember, Stay Aware and Prepare!