Create a Storm-Readiness Kit

By Karen Schwartz

Putting together a storm-readiness kit is good common sense. By assembling a well-stocked kit, you and your family are well-prepared for tornadoes, storms, and other natural disasters that occur throughout the U.S. during spring and summer months.

“Every disaster is a reminder that emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime, and that everyone should take steps now to be prepared for all possible risks and hazards in their communities,” says Darryl Madden, director of FEMA’s Ready Campaign.

Stock non-perishable foods

Madden says it’s important to stock a three-day supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t need refrigeration, preparation, water, or cooking. Salty foods should be avoided, as they will make you thirsty, and of course, you should choose foods that your family will eat. Some ideal non-perishable foods include:

  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Several day’s worth of water
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried cereal or granola
  • Canned juices

Have other items on hand

“You should pack a manual can opener and eating utensils and have your own water and other supplies,” Madden says. These supplies include:

  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • A first aid kit
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
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One Comment

  1. Anonymous
    Posted August 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    These are very good tips. … Thank you for sharing!

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