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National Preparedness Month 2020: Build a Kit

Sep 09, 2020 | Beth Hess

Whether you need to shelter in place after an emergency or evacuate, having on hand what you need to survive for several days is critical. This second week of National Preparedness Month is a great time to build or update your kit.

In addition to basic supplies like food and water, you will want to take into account the specific needs of those in your household, including pets and seniors, when assembling your kit. Download FEMA’s recommended supply list for suggestions on what to include. This year, you will also want to add items like cloth face coverings as recommended by the CDC to ensure your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once you have your kit, remember to check it at least annually to ensure it still meets your needs and that expired items are replaced.

Visit Ready.gov for additional tips and resources to help you build and maintain your kit.


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