10 Things to Have Before the Storm Hits

Emergencies arrive unexpectedly, and when they do, everyone makes a mad rush to the store. Avoid this rush by gathering basic emergency and disaster supplies now.

Collect and store these 10 essential items to get ready for an emergency. For more preparedness tips for everything, from hurricanes to winter storms, visit the American Red Cross website.

  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. Can Opener
  4. Medications
  5. First Aid kit
  6. Flashlight
  7. Radio
  8. Clothes
  9. Personal Care Items
  10. Important Documents

Storage Advice: Place your emergency supply kit in water proof bags. Store the bags in one or two emergency containers, such as plastic tubs, unused trash cans or duffel bags.

Store your kit where family members can locate it. Try to have enough food, liquid, batteries and other supplies to last one to four weeks depending on the emergency.